The best sentence I read today

The deities of the Sangli-based trust "Ganpati Panchayatam Sansthan" are Lord Ganesh, Chintamaneshwardev, Chintamaneshwaridevi, Suryanarayandev and Laxminarayandev.

For the pointer I thank Karthik S.  The context is this:

Can Hindu deities have demat accounts to enable them transact in shares and debentures on the stock market?

The Bombay High Court will decide the issue after a religious trust filed a petition challenging the decision of National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) to refuse it permission for opening demat accounts in the names of five Hindu deities.


If this is approved, who would have standing to claim that the trustees of the account were not acting in the deities' best interests? And who would have to adjudicate such a claim, on what basis?

Even if it's founded by people who sincerely believe they are doing the gods' will, it's hard to imagine it not being taken over by scammers sooner or later.

Well, lets ignore the religious nature of the entities for a moment. What we have here is a trust managing affairs for 5 other individuals. Whether those individuals are human people, corporations, or deities is immaterial. How different is this structure from a blind trust set up in the name of an actual person?

Next thing you know they'll be picking those multi-armed ones in the cricket side.

There you go, comparing HIndu gods to pets again.


Coming from India I know for a fact that most Hindu-temples have their assets held as a trust. Now I am not sure if this technically fits your definition of "for the benefit of a deity". Just google "temple trust India" and you will find tens of such trusts. Many have assets in the millions of dollars.

If "in God we Trust " why not Trust for God?

God can own property under Islamic law. I think the term waqf is used for both the property and the body of trustees that actually control it.

The most famous example is the Temple Mount. It has been a waqf since Ottoman times if not earlier. Both the British and the Israelis respected the arrangement, though not without some friction.

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