An RTI petition has brought out the shocking state of affairs of even famous temples such as Murugan temples at Palani, Thiruttani, Thirupparamkundram and Marudamalai and the Meenakshi Amman temple of Madurai incurring revenue losses. The total loss of revenue in the last 10 years incurred by 148 temples in Tamilnadu was found to be to the tune of 2,640 crores of rupees. The cause was attributed to mismanagement of temple properties. The recovery of dues was not properly done by the temple administration.
Misuse of temple property is happening at two levels - by the individuals and by the administration. Less than a month ago, an article in the Organiser magazine (given below) brought to light how the funds from Hindu temples are not being used for the Hindu temples, but diverted for other purposes. Stephan Knapp who has been doing a yeomen service for the Hindu cause has highlighted in one of his books that 85 % of the revenue of the Thirupathy Balaji temple goes to the government exchequer from which the money is diverted for purposes not connected with Hindu causes.
We don't know the exact state of affairs happening in the temples in Tamilnadu. The recent RTI petition has brought only the loss in terms of recovery of money from temple properties. We do not know how much is being spent on temple welfare. As far as I know the festivities in many temples are being run with the support of devotees only. The misuse and mismanagement of temple property has not yet been investigated.
From astrological point of view, misuse of temple property gets manifest in many forms. But the unfortunate thing about is that the effects do not get manifest in the same birth itself. It comes in a future birth when people would suffer for having cheated the deity by misappropriating the temple properties.
By this it is interpreted that God gives enough time to set right the wrong done to the temple / deity / temple property in the same birth itself.
When it is not done it is being carried over to a future birth when people would not know why they suffer.
From the horoscope it is possible to ascertain whether one has done an offence to a deity in a previous birth.
- The Badhak planet is an indicator of the offence done to a deity in some form in the previous births. All lagnas have a badhak-sthan. The 11th,9th and 7th are the signs of the badhak planet for moving, fixed and common signs respectively.
- If the badhak lord is positioned in dussthanas such as 6th,8th and 12th , that is sure sign of harm done to a deity.
- If there is a malefic in the 12th to the badhak lord, that also foretells harm done to the deity.
- If the badhak lord is conjoined with Gulika, Mandhi or Saturn or Mars, that also is an indicator of harm done to a deity.
- If the badhak lord or the lord of dussthana joins a malefic in the 4th house, that also shows a harm done to the deity.
- Similarly if the lords of dusthanas (6th / 8th / 12th) occupy 2nd or 12th house, it shows that the native had misused the property of the deity signified by that planet.
The misused or misappropriated property will be Dhatu or Moola or Jeeva according as the lagna happens to be moving, fixed or common.
Dhatu stands for metals and minerals such as gold, silver, copper etc. If the lagna happens to be moving (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) and the badhak and dusthana lords come under above mentioned combinations and / or the dusthana lord is in 2nd or 12th, the crime was stealing or misuse of the jewellery of the deity.
Moola refers to land and plant kingdom such as land, trees, plants etc. If under the above mentioned conditions, the lagna happens to be fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), it means that the native had misappropriated the moola properties of the deity denoted by the afflicting planet.
Jeeva refers to jeeva dravyas or living entities such cattle and other animals that belong to the deity or temple. When the lagna happens to be a common sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces), it shows jeeva dravyas have been misused or stolen.
The plants also are classified as Dhatu, Moola and Jeeva. If the afflicting planet occupies the lagna it also denotes harm to the deity with specific reference to dhatu, moola or jeeva.
Saturn, Mars and Moon are Dhatu planets.
Sun and Venus are Moola planets.
Jupiter and Mercury are Jeeva planets.
Propitiation must be done in accordance with the sign / planet by identifying the deity represented by the afflicting planet.
The deities can be identified as follows:-
- Sun in the 1st Drekkana of common sign – Lord Subramanya.
- Sun in the 2nd Drekkana of a common sign – Lord Ganesha
- Sun in other drekkanas and signs – Lord Siva.
- Moon strong / waxing – Durga
- Moon weak and in Martian signs – Chamundi
- Mars in odd / satwic signs (satwic signs are Cancer, Leo, Sagittarius and Pisces) – Lord Subramanya
- Mars in odd and other signs – Lord Bhairava
- Mars in even signs – Chamundi, Bhadrakali.
- Mercury in movable and common signs – Any avatar of Vishnu.
- Mercury in the 1st and 2nd Drekkana of fixed signs – Lord Krishna
- Mercury in the 3rd Drekkana of fixed sign – Vishnu in general.
- Jupiter – Vishnu
- Venus in own sign – Annapurna
- Venus in a benefic sign - Lakshmi
- Venus in enemy sign – Yakshi
- Saturn in any sign – Sastha / deity of one's native place.
Hope people understand that playing with deity and its wealth does not do them any good.
Temples in state suffer Rs 2,640 cr revenue lossFeb. 17: In the last 10 years, around 148 temples in the state under the control of Hindu religious and charitable endowments department have incurred a revenue loss of Rs 2,640 crore, according to the response to an RTI petition.
Mr V. Thiagarajan, state president of the Hindu Baktha Jana Sabai, told Deccan Chronicle that it was the mismanagement by temple administrations that caused such a huge revenue loss. The temples usually generate revenue through various means such as renting out shops, houses and lands besides auctioning of parking lots and sale of temple pooja tickets etc.
"There is no denying the fact that majority of the temples has been blessed with good revenue," he said. "The audit report also points out that administrative mismanagement has led to revenue loss."
Several important temples in Tamil Nadu figure in the list including Palani Murugan Temple (`68 crore), Meenakshiamman Temple (`40 crore), Tiruttani temple (`7 crore), Tiruparankundram temple (`9 crore), Chennai Kaligambal temple (`7 crore) and Marudamalai Subramaniasamy Temple (`7 crore).
Usually a joint sitting of the top honchos of the endowments department comprising the commissioner, additional commissioner and joint secretary is held every year to discuss threadbare the objections raised in the audit report.
"However, no such meeting has been held in the last 10 years raising doubts of large-scale irregularities by the temple administration," said Mr Thiagarajan.
Despite a directive from the Madras High Court asking the endowments commissioner to take steps for the recovery of amount from the temple trust board and the executive officers of the respective temples, no action has been taken so far, said Mr Thiagarajan.
The Hindu Baktha Jana Sabai would file civil suit against the endowments department if it fails to act, he added.
Meanwhile, a memorandum has been sent to the Chief Minister, Dr M. Karunanidhi, seeking his intervention in directing the endowments commissioner to initiate recovery.
The HR&CE commissioner, Mr P.R. Sampath, refused to speak on the issue but another official, on condition of anonymity, said that both the trustees of temple trust board and the executive officers were pulling strings to get the arrears waived.