Whereas there aren’t any takers for particular entry tickets, money choices too have diminished
Regardless of having reopened for devotees following lockdown relaxations, temples are but to garner income from rents, archanai tickets and particular pujas like abhishekam.
Official sources within the Hindu Non secular and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Division mentioned that although temples have been providing particular entry tickets, there have been hardly any takers for them, for the reason that free queues themselves weren’t very lengthy. “It takes simply ten minutes for devotees to maneuver from the entry to the exit in our temple. And although they might purchase particular tickets, they too have to face on the identical spot as these coming in by means of the free darshan queues,” mentioned an official.
A temple official at a comparatively smaller temple in Chennai mentioned that many weren’t even providing money — thattu kaasu (actually money on a plate) — to the clergymen. “Solely regulars and people who know the clergymen and really feel for them are giving them something. Since we aren’t even accepting flowers from exterior, devotees say they don’t really feel fulfilled,” the official mentioned.
Even temple hundials haven’t been getting money choices. “We opened the hundials in the course of the lockdown primarily based on orders, however now, after reopening, we’re but to open them, since they’re nonetheless not full. In most temples, the hundials will not be within the marked route, which makes it troublesome for devotees to make choices,” mentioned a temple staffer at a Saivite temple.
The fortunate ones
Nonetheless, some Perumal temples have been fortunate, particularly as a result of auspicious Purattasi month, they usually have made respectable collections. “Since folks haven’t been capable of carry out pujas, they’ve been depositing money,” mentioned a priest at a Perumal temple.
With out funds, some temples which have deposits are working with the curiosity quantity they get, and a few have simply began getting a portion of their rents. Some are questioning the right way to pay salaries to the employees within the coming months. Clergymen and different employees hope the federal government will present some type of help to the temples that aren’t receiving earnings.