(Last Updated on : 18/03/2013)
Indian temples have progressed with time and tide, resisting every kind of difference, battle, conflict or plundering from their adversaries. Since time immemorial, these temple constructions have unrelentingly also served crores of devotees and their innate wishes of success and protection. It seems as if that Indians have been blessed enough to incessantly be safeguarded under the Almighty`s omnipresent eyes and senses. In any given day, particularly on an auspicious occasion, the footfall that a temple handles can reach up to nearly lakhs. The brick and mortar, stone, sandstone or even marble architectures have survived historical epochs, standing as mute as ever, perhaps awaiting future happenings. However, such day-to-day happenings within the temple premises do not merely go by just by magic or through mystical strength. Behind the temple being elegantly employed and preserved, lies the significant contributions of temple managements, working day and night towards fruition of an event. Indeed, Indian temple managements have much to offer to devotees, besides just prayers and prasad (ritual offering of sweets and fragrance from priests after completion of veneration).
The Indian temple managements can simply be identified into those functional bodies of men, or even associations behind maintaining the premises as soundly as is possible. Their work generally continues throughout the day that even does not cease at night; and this statement is not merely an overstatement. The duties that the temple management is involved with is ever-demanding, negligence of which can lead to disastrous circumstances. Some of the daily works that temple managements in India perform include: keeping the surrounding clean and healthy, proper sanitation, controlling of vandalism or other nuisance against proper ethics, maintaining decorum and silence within the sanctum sanctorum, appropriate handling of prayers and post-prayer sessions, even distribution of prasad, proper security arrangements day and night and above all, securing sealing funds and monetary affairs. The last clause demands special attention, a sensitive constituent of successful channelising the temple towards popularity and admiration.
Temple managements in India differ in their enormity and magnificence, depending upon the colossal element and amount of devotees being dealt with everyday. Whatever thrives to be the size and its after-effects, temple officials always generally maintain an unbiased attitude towards each happening, contrary to which adverse happenings lead to destruction. Some temple managements keep their devotees on the first step of comfort and relaxation, due to which vehicles are available to and from the temple to the nearest popular destination. Restrooms and waiting rooms also come into this very category of comfort. Some of the much-discussed and legendary temple managements in India, that have set an example include: ISKCON, Shri Digamber Jain Atishay Kshetra Management Committee, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee, Badrinath Kedarnath
Temple Committee, Siddhivinayak Temple
Committee, Shri Jagannath Temple Managing Committee, Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee, Kalighat Temple Committee, Konark Temple Committee and Sikh Temple Committee.