Do the temples need to be administered only by the priests?There is a big campaign to restore the temples to the people and the claim is that the politicians of the ruling parties have intervened to loot the temple lands and that the vast lands of the temples should be given back to the priests or the local people who manage such temples.
This is the biggest debate currently on in Tamil Nadu. The CM wants total transparency. Just today, the encroachments to the famous temple at Vadapalani, a thickly populated area of Chennai city with fabulous gated communities, have been ordered to be removed. Every bit of property and other details of the temple are now being uploaded in the website of the Hindu organization of the State Government.
Should temples be run by the priests and the local people? If yes, what I'd they misuse their rights and loot the temple property? Or should the Tirupati model, where the Board does fabulous social work, should be followed everywhere?