Money-Minting Tirupati

Now afterwards 47 years, the addiction to accord money, adornment and invaluable altar to all Gods in all temples accept added manifold. A amount of belief added contributed to this proclivity to accord money and gold to Gods. But I’d like to absolute it to the ambience of Tirupati, Balaji.

As per the mythology, a accommodation of one crore and 11.4 actor gold bill was approved by Balaji from Kubera for his alliance with Padmavathi. To pay aback the loan, admirers from all over India appointment the temple and accord money. The temple receives as abundant as Rs 22.5 actor in a day as donation! Gold is offered as a badge of adulation for the God. In April 2010, 3,000 kg of gold was deposited with SBI coffer by the temple. Around 50,000 to 100,000 admirers appointment the temple circadian and during festivals or appropriate days, the amount of admirers increases up to 500,000. The temple is the a lot of visited religious place.

Now asleep English circadian ‘The Amrita Bazar Patrika’ already agitated an beat accounting by its editor-in-chief Tushar Kanti Ghosh. It vivisected our asinine aesthetics to accord money at temples after anytime allurement our close selves as to what in fact prompts us to do this idiocy. Here’s that explanation:

‘Humans adjure to God alone with actual appetite and desire. Since we see alone the accord and yield action in our amusing intercourse, we tend to accept that until we accord something (costly) to God, he’ll not accord us annihilation worthwhile. In a way, we abnormally and derogatorily agree God with our own corrupt ethics and perceptions. We apperceive God as anyone like us in attributes but abundant added able and able than animal beings. All our alleged adherence to God has a egocentric motive. In added words, it’s a banal and actual motive that galvanizes all of us to accord money, diamonds, rubies and all that’s absolutely costly. What will God do with these carnal things and area will these things and money will ultimately go are questions that never bother us because we’ve bound ourselves to activity blessed and accomplished by giving abroad as abundant money as we can to allay God. This is amusing abatement action that is activated to authoritative God/s blessed so that all-powerful ability can accord actual assets on us. We’ve actually taken ‘jo doge, woh milega’ (What you give, you’ll get aback the same) while authoritative entreaties to God/s. We’re traders and our God’s a abundant greater trader.’

Tirupati just to see this asinine convenance with my own eyes and got afraid to see even ‘highly educated’ humans accord money, hair and what not. I already asked a priest, ‘Does Balaji adulation Gold and cash?’ His acknowledgment amused me. He said, ‘Gold and banknote are of no use to Balaji. What makes him blessed is your ‘sacred gesture’ of departing with your gold and money. He added, ‘God loves sacrifice!’ I added tongue-in-cheek, ‘Monetary sacrifice’!

In contempo years, Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Tele Films contributed to assiduity this applesauce all the more. Moreover, we’re all in the affliction of religious superstitions and are accessible to do annihilation to accomplish the affronted deities happy. And what could be the bigger way than huge donations to temples like Tirupati, Shirdi a part of others?