#FreeTNTemples: What is it all about?

What is this HR&CE department?

Why should Hindu temples be freed from HR&CE?

  • No maintenance for temple structures
  • No rituals & poojas happening in temples
  • Theft of idols and jewels in temples
  • Encroachments and mismanagement of temple lands
  • Pujaris / Archakas left in the lurch with no salary
  • Very poor experience for devotees due to lack of facilities at temples

No rituals or maintenance processes happening

No maintenance of Temple Structures

  • Temple gopuram is broken
  • Walls are falling off
  • Mandapams are broken or removed completely
  • Temple Chariots are in pieces
  • Temple tanks are abused horribly

Blatant Looting of Temple Properties

  • Some are encroached by mafia
  • Some land records are changed & sold to private parties
  • Lands & Buildings leased at extremely cheap prices to favorite parties
  • Usurping in the name of fictitious people,
  • Using the temple money for the personal interests of HR&CE officials, etc.

Missing Temples!?

Photo Credits: The Hindu

Idol & Jewel Theft

Hungry Archakas & Gluttonous Officials

Gory Experiences Of Devotees

  • There were only 6 bio-toilets around the temple and they were also not cleaned regularly.
  • Queues were just too long and many had to suffer the hot sun for hours
  • Provision of water was completely insufficient and local residents pitched in to support the devotees passing by
  • For almost a kilometer, pregnant women and elderly people had to walk before they could avail a wheelchair facility

#FreeTNTemples to stop our temples from dying

  • There will soon be no daily maintenance processes held at any of the temples, including simple lighting of a lamp. Such temples will soon cease to be the energy centers that they were created to be.
  • Archakas are already leading a pathetic life under HR&CE’s control. With this present generation of caretakers gone, no one would come forward to take care of temples.
  • Once a temple is without anyone to care and in shambles, people will stop coming to that temple.
  • Somebody would encroach an abandoned temple premise, remove the existing structure or build something on top of it.
  • The death of the temple will be complete with no caretakers from the society and the Government department either too greedy to loot the temple properties or too apathetic towards it.

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