Save Hindu Temples ; Kindly Sign the Petition

By Change.org published on December 3, 2015

bTlfRfmPDJiLMzx-800x450-noPadAllow freedom for temples by enacting a system of representative council constituted with religiously relevant people with scholastic abilities to oversee, advise & decide. Stop intervention of secular governments & political nominees in religious affairs.


To

The Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji.

The Honorable Minister of State for Culture, Dr.Mahesh Sharma ji.

Dear Sirs,

On behalf of millions of devotees from the Global Hindu communities, who considers their temples as a means of worshiping the God- the Almighty, we humbly request your attention to the following to affect the creation of a proper system for the service, maintenance and preservation of Hindu temples in India, Temple assets, customs , arts, knowledge of Thantra-Mantra-Yantra etc associated with temples, learning, teaching & propagation of Vedas, Upanishads, other scriptures and numerous other tenets of Hindu Cultural life. It is further humbly requested that the Constitutional guidelines and laws may be reviewed if required to effect a constructive change.

1.A new system for Hindu temple service and maintenance has to be developed and implemented at the earliest and ensure no intervention of secular government and politicians in temple affairs of Hindus noting that they are not intervening in Christian Church and Muslim Mosque affairs.

2.This system should ensure that the numerous ancient Hindu temples in India are properly, effectively and meaningfully preserved and utilized for the purposes for which it is intended and not for just tourism development and commercial purposes. As we all know, the purpose of temples are not to promote commercial tourism.

3.At present, the temple assets and its affairs at large are taken care by the bodies set by the secular government which are a mixture of government officials and political nominees. It seems that these personnel are the decision makers in the affairs of temples about which they are not really conversant enough as it appears.

4.Such government officials are entering into the government service through PSC examinations or such processes. And political nominees get their entry based on their comparative merits in their party and as decided by the party!

5.It is anyone’s guess that a governing body of temple affairs, constituted through such a secular process will not really stand the test of merit and competency when it is compared to a panel of subject experts in the area of temple affairs, spiritual practices, Thantra etc that are part & parcel of Hindu religious life.

6.As an obvious result, temples have become centers of commercial activity and many consider temples as mere places of employment. In many temples it is observed that the Priests eyes on devotees who pay higher amount as ‘dakshina’. In many temples, the temple employees behave in rude manner as if the devotes committed a great mistake of visiting the temple. Recently, in Guruvayur temple, a devotee was beaten up by a temple employee. Many might have had several of such experiences of inadequacy to cite upon. All this happens or it shows that the people engaged for the temple services are not really capable of the work they are entrusted with. The administrative bodies are clueless as how to recruit right people for the right job, how to train them, how to retain them and the importance of means and ways of setting right attitude in the temple staff as well as devotees visiting . All these happens while a large number of scholars and such people knowledgeable in matters relating Hindu culture, rituals, Vedas, Upanishads, Thantra etc are not given any opportunity to contribute their wisdom for the well being of the society that they belong to.

7.In many temples, crores of rupees are received as offerings. Many Hindus believe that such income is not fully and effectively used for the Hindu religious purpose but it adds to the treasury of the secular government apart from paying the salary of temple staff. And this is while many ancient temples are running short of money to maintain themselves in a reasonable status. While other religions are utilizing such fund for their religious affairs such as learning, teaching and propagation of their religious texts, literatures, their customs etc, Hindus do not enjoy that freedom have centers of learning, teaching etc. As a result, majority of Hindus becomes just ‘believers’ and not really posses the knowledge they are supposed to have about their customs, rituals, literature etc. and its significance but they follow blindly. They find it hard to find a facility in their neighborhood for the learning of their relevant religious texts and Sanskritam language.

8.Ideally, government officials & politicians should refrain from temple affairs and focus on their area of activity and excel in that.

9.Decision making authority & responsibility on temple affairs should be entrusted with a duly constituted, competent body that is populated with the experts on subject such as Sanyasins from prominent ashrams /mutts, intellectuals and veterans in the Hindu religious & scriptural matters and principles governing the installation and maintenance of temples.

10.As we know, there are a lot of such people in every states of India who have devoted their life for the pursuit of learning and propagating Hindu scriptures, spiritual practices and its ways and means and so on. But the knowledge of such visionaries are hardly utilized for any policy making, temple related issues etc and the community to which they belong to.

11.A suggestion to create such a body is stated here. We request this model be subjected for debate, correction and implementation by involving intellectuals. The model is explained below.

12.Based on the geographical area of the state, it may be divided into 3 or four zones. For example, consider Kerala state. This may be divided into 3 zones – Southern, Middle and North zones. Government nominates one IAS officer to each of these zones as Zonal Devaswam Commissioners (ZDC). The senior person will be the ‘Chief Devaswam Commissioner’.

13.These commissioners will initiate the process to constitute an apex body of Hindu religious and temple affairs preferably with name – ‘Hindu Mandir Seva Prathinidhi Sabha’ (HMSPS). The name shall remain uniform for all the states but with the prefix of the corresponding state name.

14.The zonal commissioners shall collect the data of ashrams, mutts, other spiritual/religious institutions, temples etc. Then, each institution will be contacted directly and by way of an announcement in the leading media, inviting expression of interest from all religious/cultural entities to join as member of HMSPS by explaining them the whole plan.

15.All such applicants/nominated persons should undergo a screening process to establish their credibility and caliber before being inducted into HMSPS. Care must be taken to counsel them well before so that no one gets misunderstood of the whole idea not get hurt.

16.Such screened & finalized applicants & nominated persons shall elect one among them as their representative through secret balloting.

17.The elected representative and the Chief Devaswam Commissioner shall be the authorized joint signatories of HMSPS.

18.Any issue pertaining to the Hindu temples and the society at large shall be debated & decided in HMSPS in a democratic way.

19.Norms for recruitment, remuneration, training, etc of staff in each temple shall be decided by the HMSPS.

20.An executive officer with staff shall be appointed in each temple by the HMSPS. The size of organization and the facilitations shall be governed by the prominence, size and activity of the temple.

21.HMSPS shall have zonal offices at a centrally located town.

22.With the implementation of this system after thorough debate at various forums in a time bound manner, the present system of secular government involving in temple affairs could be scrapped at the earliest.

23.HMSPS should facilitate centers for the learning (Pata Shala) of Samskritam language, Vedic Mathematics, The Chathur Vedas, Upanishads, Jyothisham, Vasthu Shasthra, Gemology, Vegetarian cookery, Basic customs & procedures of pooja, Environmental preservation, meaning & significance of the customs and rituals, science behind temple etc etc as prescribed by the religious and spiritual masters of Hindu Dharma. This would ensure that ignorant citizen will not get cheated by fraudsters.

24.Whenever situations demands and if required, the Minster of cultural affairs will act based on the inputs from the HMSPS and never directly.

We humbly request you to treat this with top priority since the efficient existence of Hindu Dharmic thoughts would directly imply the effective prevalence of secularism in India. We humbly request the government to subject the concept of creation of such a representative council for a national debate by scholarly people and enact a new suitable law at the earliest and help Hindus to know Hindu Dharma and its basics at least. Hindus wish to learn Hindu Dharma in an authentic way.

Mechanical engineering is handled by Mechanical engineers. Cardiology is handled by Cardiologists and Nuclear science is handled by nuclear scientists when we have desire for good results for the efforts. It would be disastrous if such technological establishments are controlled by non experts. Similarly Hindu temple affairs are to be handled by people who have expertise in the relevant sciences, physiology and psychology pertaining to temples. Else it would lead to undesirable effects to the society as we have been witnessing so far and now.

So, a change for betterment is essential. We are hopeful of the newly elected government at the center under respectable leader ship of Shri Narendra Modi ji. Sir, we humbly request you to do the needful to ensure equality and natural justice for Hindus alongwith the followers of other religions as assured by the Constitution of India.

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Responses

  1. Naren Reddy Reply

    December 3, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Save Hindu Temples./Let hindus control their own temples.Alsonationalise church & madrassa lands

  2. gopalan gobin Reply

    December 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Within next 30 years Hindus became minority in Kerala then our situation like kashmiri pundits . we are sleeping after 30 years we open our eye. We engaged caste , lack of unity compare to other religion I appreciate there unity god help kerala

  3. Praveen Reply

    December 12, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    There has to be an apex body with official representatives from all the caste organisations. It should in turn work as a final authority on religious matters. Currently lot of Christians are working in dewaswam board temples who secured their job as Hindu backward caste as per their certificate where in reality they are already converted to Christianity and not changed the religion with authorities just to enjoy sc/st reservation benifit ….

    We can’t control or prevent such situations as of now ad there is no final authority to check and decide whethere they are practicing hindus””

    Not only that there has to be a system to ensure continuous learning and development and the same should be clubbed with the voting rights of the members. Same rule has to be applied for getting elected as office bearer of the temple as well.

    This will effectively prevent non believers and people with vested political and religious interests from getting elected as the office bearers of the temple committee. Currently temples are ruled by a bunch of people who don’t know anything about the temple culture and those people who do not have any respect to this system. Thus should be avoided.

    Grant should be given to those who are willing to study this curriculum….

  4. Supriya Reply

    January 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Please let Hindu,s control their sacred institutions and arrange pilgrimage tours for all in
    India and abroad.

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