Do some have more faith in the priest than God?Having been to many temples, I find something beyond my comprehension. One of them is the amount of reverence some people have for the priests. On visiting the temple, people look for their favourite priests, respectfully listen to their comments, give them money even before the pooja is done. After a quick prayer, they go back to chat with the priest.
I've seen priests coming in a luxury SUV with plenty of chains, mouth full of beetlenut, talking, wiping his hands and then picking up a lemon from the feet of the idol to give to people.Some fall at the priest's feet after being given a lemon or flowers in this way. In many big temples, people approach priests and for Rs500 or Rs1000, you are taken directly to the inner sanctum bypassing the rest of the crowd, have a darshan and come back.It looks as if their attention is more on the priest rather than the temple & paying their true obeisance to God.
On the other hand, a handful of people take their time to admire the Lord's idol, take in the beauty of the alankaram, sit in peace reciting a silent prayer. Such people don't bother much of the temple priest, it is as if they are in communication with God rather than the priest.