Saiva Siddhanta Church Act

Act 22 of 1988


Saiva Siddhanta Church Act

Act 22 of 1988

  • Commenced on 16 July 1988
  • [This is the version of this document at 30 June 2017.]

1. Short title

This Act may be cited as the Saiva Siddhanta Church Act.

2. Interpretation

In this Act—"Church" means the Saiva Siddhanta Church of Mauritius established under section 3;"Council" means the Council referred to in section 5;"Guru Maha Sannidhanam" means the Guru Maha Sannidhanam of the Saiva Siddhanta Church, Hawaii, USA.

3. Establishment of Church

(1)There is established for the purposes of this Act the Saiva Siddhanta Church of Mauritius.
(2)The Church shall be a body corporate.

4. Objects of Church

The objects of the Church shall be to—
(a)protect, preserve, and promote monastic Saivite Hinduism;
(b)promote Hindu solidarity;
(c)build and manage orthodox Saivite temples and foster the Saivite spiritual traditions and monastic life; and
(d)publish and distribute Saivite scripture and other religious literature.

5. Management of Church

The Church shall be managed by a Council, which shall consist of the Guru of the Church, 3 trustees of the Church and 2 other members to be appointed by the Guru and the trustees, or their representatives.

6. Legal proceedings

Service of process by and against the Church shall be made by or on the Secretary of the Council.

7. Donations and legacies

Article 910 of the Code Civil Mauricien shall not apply to the Church.

8. Audit

The accounts of the Church shall be audited every year by such compe­tent persons as the Council shall determine.

9. Exemption

Notwithstanding any other enactment, the Church shall be exempt from the payment of duty on donations and legacies made to it.

10. Rules

(1)The Council may make such rules, not inconsistent with the laws of Mauritius, as it thinks fit for promoting the welfare of the Church.
(2)Notwithstanding the Interpretation and General Clauses Act, rules made under subsection (1) shall not be required to be—
(a)approved by the Minister;
(b)laid before the Assembly; or
(c)published in the Gazette.
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History of this document

30 June 2017 this version
16 July 1988