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Land Donation for Temples

Land Donation for Temples
History of King Sudarshan Shah of Tehri Riyasat – 104
History of Tehri Kingdom (Tehri and Uttarkashi Garhwal) from 1815 –1948- 103
History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) – 1333
By: Bhishma Kukreti (History Student)
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Garhwal Kings used to donate land for expenses for famous temples and did not take tax on those villages. Gorkha kept the same culture.
Sudarshan Shah followed the same system . King Sudarshan Shah offered new agreement /Sanad for old temple land and donated additional land for temples.
The following temples had donated land in Theri Riyasat (1)-
Chandravadani, Kamleshwar, Rajguru, Kilkileshwar, Sureshwaridevi , Raghunath, Kapil muni, Vishwanath, Ransidevi, Sem Nagraja, Mnagalnath ka Than , Gangamandir and Das Math.
Sudarshan Shah built Lakshmi Narayan temple and donated land for the temple too.
There was land in Tehri Garhwal for temples under British Garhwal as Badrinath, Kedarnath , Kamleshwar Temple. Sudarshan Shah retained that land /villages free of tax and income going to those temple as they were in Garhwal Kingdom. (2)
Tehri Kingdom added more villages for temple at different stages (2)
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References –
1- Tehri Kingdom Court Records, regi.2, page 53 54
Dabral, Shiv Prasad, (1975), Uttarakhand ka Itihas bhag 6, Veer Gatha Press, Garhwal India, page 133-134
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