15 Oct 2017Posted By: Arvind

GST on Pandit - Peacher Ritual Services


As we all know India is a land of rituals and spirituality. They are considered as the core part of every religion in India. The implemented Indirect tax Regime seems to have relaxation on most of the ritual services in the country. Several sections under Goods and services law have exempted temples, churches, mosques, Gurdwaras, and other religious institutions from paying tax. Devotees can book series and other such services online. After the implementation of the Indirect tax, no extra money shall be taken by temples in the name of service tax. Let us have a look of some of the main points covering the scene of Goods and Services Tax on ritual Services in India :

Exempted from GST

Following services and facilities have been kept aside if the GST tax regime:

  • Devotees who wish to fulfill vows in various temples and special sevas have been spared of the indirect tax.
  • Seva, Darshan land prasadas which is served in most of the religious structures have been kept aside of the tax. These facilities in the temples are absolutely exempted. People are booking sevas online.
  • Goods and items that are used in Puja and other religious practices, as per the religion are exempted from Goods and Services Tax. Other Hindu rituals too, are not under the GST ambit.
  • Free food which is served in temples, Gurdwaras, mosques etc has been remained out of the GST tax like before.

Under GST ambit

As far as a huge percentage of total religious and ritual Services have been kept aside of GST tax by the council, there are key points that are under the GST ambit. These are as follows:

  • Inputs and inputs services that are required to make prasad such as ghee, edible oil, butter, sugar, and transport services are under the GST.
  • Devotees who use state-run religious endowment department lodgings, whose tariff goes above the number of 1000 per day, are subjected to pay more.
  • Pearls, imitation jewelry, and coins that are often used in pujas have been kept under the Indirect tax at the rate of 3 percent.



The goods and services tax Council, comprising the finance minister Arun Jaitley has made it clear to maintain a soft node on religious affairs and people's sentiments. The council has kept most of the rituals and religious stuff outside the ambit of the new tax law. Adding to the services and inputs, the Homeopathic and Ayurvedic medicines have been decided to go cheaper than before. Not only for Hindu population, has the government laid the same reform equally for Muslim, Sikh and Christian population. The GST is well accepted by Pandits, priests, and preachers of the country. 

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