A temple, a:layam is composed of Aa (means ‘completely’) and layam (means ‘bring/draw together’).
Why Hindu Temples?
To a large extent, Hindu temples continue to be central to the Indian and Hindu community. Indians have built temples wherever they go, from Sri Lanka to Malaysia to Cambodia to Fiji to the United States. However, Hindus and their temples have faced consistent persecution. From the Mughal era to the Colonial to present day, Hindus continue to struggle to practice and maintain their culture, traditions, and monuments.
Many ancient temples are in a dilapidated state. Rampant theft of temple jewelleries, appropriation of temple land, and smuggling of vigrahams over recent decades have continuously eroded the temple wealth. Besides, the economic ecosystem surrounding the temple that provided livelihood to thousands of people have trickled down to just a few. Certain professions that were primarily dependent on temple economy such as sculptors, architects, sthapathis, potters, priests, musicians, artisans, teachers, dancers, cooks, ironsmiths, goldsmiths, metallurgists, horticulturists, painters, agriculturists, weavers, launderers, skilled and unskilled technicians have almost vanished into thin air. These professionals have been continuously discouraged and detached from temples, and now have drifted away to other regions to earn their livelihood.
Most Hindu temples in India, unlike Mosques or Churches, are managed and controlled by a government board against the constitutional rights of the majority Hindu population.. The lack of autonomy in running the day today affairs of the temple and plundering of temple wealth are humiliating to Hindu devotees. Priests often live in abject poverty and are paid a pittance by the government. This fundamental oppression needs to change for Hindu temples to survive in future.
We strive hard to restore the economic environments surrounding the temples and revive the dying century old professions to their glory days. The professions
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It doesn’t take much effort to help—just pick one or two temples in your local region and send us about their history and importance. Help us preserve these glorious temples with rich culture and heritage to pass on to our future generations.