Temple Economics – A Subodhini Event in Mumbai
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Places of worship historically have been collector of wealth and also provider to community. Be it the Hindu temples or Buddhist temples, Gurudwaras of the Sikhs or the Jain Temples. Most revered Hindu temples of today are steeped in history dating all the way back to 1st century AD or prior and have withstood the test of times for multiple centuries.

Hindu temples historically have not been just a place of worship but have also sustained communities. The economic system and management of wealth was a robust structured system with clearly defined rules. The Hindu culture of doing ‘danam’ to temples has meant that the ‘hundi’ or temple wealth has grown phenomenally over the centuries e.g. the recent Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

Kings or Temple managers have historically been “kshetrapalas” or mere guardians of the temple wealth. They did not have the right to alter the wealth or sell the wealth since it does not belong to them. But since the past 60 years the Government of India and state governments have been gaining control over Temple trusts by nationalizing them.

State laws such as the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Acts of Tamil Nadu has enabled the state to take over many rich temples. Utilization of temple wealth by Government has been done as per its whims with no say to the actual owners the majority community. Today, the effect of such laws is being felt strongly by the majority community due to the erosion of social fabric and weakening of the community.

Subodhini presents a three speaker program that discusses the aspect of temple wealth management from the historical perspectives as well as the current scenario and its effect on the Society. The three speakers are originally from varying professional fields such as management, journalism and media educator and a banker, thus, bringing in a varied perspective on the issue.

Subodhini aims to engage and inform audience the different nuances of the Temple Economics debate through this program.

About the Speakers

Shri. Sandeep Singh

He is the author of book “Indian Ocean Strategy – Indian School of Management in Practice”. Shri. Singh holds Post Graduation in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Sciences (XISS) Ranchi and Specialisation in General Business from IIM Bangalore. He will be speaking on “Temple Economics: Past, Present and Future”.

Shri. R.N. Bhaskar

Shri Bhaskar is currently Consulting Editor for DNA and advisor for Distance Learning Program Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He has also worked with various other dailies such as Times Of India and Financial Express. Shri Bhaskar will speak on effects on Government Control on various temple trusts on the Society of today and specifically the majority community.

Shri. Ramesh T.R.

Shri. Ramesh earlier was a banker but is now a full time judicial activist involved in educating and working for the cause of protection of Temple Wealth. He will speak on how systematically the Government control came to be in Temples, the history of legislation of Endowments Laws, and how we can sustain, maintain and conserve our temples including heritage temples with funds generated from the temple properties.


Classroom No. 20, Second Floor, 

Smt. M.M.K College of Commerce & Economics

Behind National College, T.P.S. III, 32nd Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai – 400050

It is Off the Linking Road signal on the corner of National College on Linking Road.


September 29, 2013

10.30 to 11.00 AM – Registration and Tea

11.00 to 1.00 PM- Lectures

1.00 to 1.30 PM- Question and Answer Session

Please Register. Entrance Free.