Temple or poor who needs your donations more?October 28, 2018
Indians are one of the first human civilizations, and socially and religiously very rich culture. The huge throng of people at temples is a testimony of the fact that religion is an axis and Indian society revolves upon it. When the civilization was adolescent, the religion played the role of parenting. Thus India got some of the great humanitarian icons from the religion like Lord Buddha, Lord Mahavira, Guru Nanak and other.
Though Indian society is indeed great in terms of glorious religious and humanitarian heritage and both were complementary of each other. But today’s society and the religion both seem in a wrong equation. Neither religion nor society is on the path of achieving humanitarian goals. I am saying it because today’s temples are giving a reflection of Churches in Europe during the medieval era. That time Church was center of accumulating power and money. Today’s temples in India are marching on the same path.
Sadly, it is happening when according to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) programme, 270 million or 21.9% people lived below the poverty line of USD 1.25 in 2011-2012.
No need to go with data, observe day-to-day life, we witness that people donate too much with a belief of pleasing God by donating to temples. You can understand it with the fact that Indian temples have wealth worth USD 1 trillion. According to the World Gold Council report in 2015, Hindu temples have USD 1 trillion worth of privately held gold in India — about 22,000 tons. Yes, anyone can be shocked after knowing the amount.
A list of top rich temples in India-
Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala- Possesses a wealth of around USD 20 billion
Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple, Andhra Pradesh- Receives an annual donation of Rs 650 crore.
Shirdi Sai Baba Shrine, Mumbai – Has gold and silver worth Rs 32 crore.
Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu- Gets Rs 500 crore annually
Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai- Annual income goes from Rs 48 crore to Rs 125 crore.
The eye-popping amount draws a sorry figure of our society that puts religion and humanity apart. Indians are forgetting the lesson from the history which says that God can be achieved on the path of humanitarian.
Now, India is passing through the festive season, mammoth and well-designed puja pandals, splendid decorations at temples and exorbitant rituals are costing huge funds but when it comes humanitarian works, people start crying over low salary or income.
The point is that whether a temple or a needy who needs one’s hard earned money the most. Why not Chanda, the donation to temple culture should be put to an end? The God or fortune will definitely cheer upon a person who will donate to a human cause rather religious. It’s high time, Indian society at large should say no to temples and donate to NGO or humanitarian works to make the society and religion progressive. So, next time before offering money to temple or Puja committee, do think if is it right?