HINDU holy places such as temples, shrines, and temples of worship are often built without any concrete plans or plans for the future, but that hasn’t stopped them from going bust.
In some cases, the temples and shrines of Hinduism have been built with the help of government funds, or they were constructed without any planning and with little oversight from the government.
The latest example is the Haryana-based Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Haryanas state, where the state government has given over over $8.3 million in government funds to temples and their owners.
“We’ve asked them to pay the money and build a memorial in memory of the victims,” said Vijay Bahadur Chatterjee, the BJP chief of Haryas, referring to the Hindu holy places.
But that’s not the only money the state has given away to temples.
As of January, the state of Haldia, the last state in the country to grant such money to temples, had received more than $1.8 million.
The government has also been providing a Rs 1 lakh subsidy to temples for upkeep, but this is just the beginning.
The money is also earmarked for projects such as construction of temples, renovation of temples and the upkeep of the holy places, which are all done in a bid to build a reputation as a temple-friendly state.
But the state’s efforts are in danger.
According to the Haldiksagar, a government body in Haldias district, the funds were initially earmarked to build infrastructure and schools for the temples, but the money has been spent on building temples rather than infrastructure, and these temples are being built with little regard for the upkeep.
This is especially concerning as the state, which has over 1.5 lakh temples, is also known for its monasteries, which also need to be maintained, the Harkatabad said.
While the state is planning to construct three more temples in the state in 2016, this money will not be spent on the upkeep and upkeep of these temples.
“It is unfortunate that the state does not have proper control over the temple sector.
They should have been aware of the importance of maintaining the holy sites,” Chatterji said.
“The money is not being spent on improving infrastructure.
They have been using it for building temples, which have been damaged,” he said.
In a report submitted to the state Assembly in 2015, the government had identified the state as one of the top five states for temples and temples to rebuild in the past decade.
The state is also one of only five states in India where temples are not maintained.
The report also identified the Hindi-speaking majority state of Kerala as one where temples were in danger of collapsing because of lack of proper management of temples.
The reports by the state and other government agencies have also raised questions over the way in which the state budget for the construction of Hindu temples has been allocated.
While in the Haithi-dominated state, the allocation of money has gone towards the construction and upkeep expenses of the sacred sites, in other states like Maharashtra and Karnataka, it has gone to the maintenance of temples in an irresponsible manner, said Rajesh Kumar, a journalist and author.
“How can you say you have a temple, but there is no maintenance, or the facilities are not available?
It is also a way to keep the state out of the national consciousness,” Kumar said.