Article 26 of Indian constitution
Freedom to manage religious affairs (Article 26) Article 26 reads as follows,
Subject to public order, morality and health, every religious denomination or any section thereof shall have the right—
- to establish and maintain institutions for religious and charitable purposes;
- to manage its own affairs in matters of religion;
- to own and acquire movable and immovable property; and
- to administer such property in accordance with
Thus, Article 26 confers upon the religious groups the freedom to manage religious affairs, as said in the above clauses. The right guaranteed by Article 25 is an individual right while the right guaranteed by Article 26 is the right of an “organised body” like the religious denomination or any section thereof. The right to administer property owned by a religious denomination is a limited right, and it is subject to the regulatory power of the State.