Prevent malpractices
and denigration in temples

Prevent malpractices and denigration in temples

1. Do not rush for the darshan. Take the darshan quietly and stand in a queue. Only when we have darshan quietly and with bhav, do we get the true benefit of the darshan.

2. Do not make noise inside the temple or in the garbhagruha (sanctum sanctorum). Noise not only reduces the sattvikta of the temple, but also disturbs the devotees who are chanting or meditating there.

3. Many a time, devotees are forced to place money in the donation plate. Do not fall prey to such demands, refuse politely.

4. Keep the temple premises clean. If you find empty boxes of Prasad (Holy sacrament) or empty coconut shells lying scattered in the temple premises, collect them immediately and throw them in the dustbin.

It is the duty of every devotee to maintain the sattvikta of the temple; hence, educate the devotees visiting the temple, priests and trustees of the temple etc. on the above mentioned malpractices.

Act to prevent denigration of Deities

1. Protest against anti-Hindus and exhibitions they organise in which they publicly display nude and derogatory pictures of Hindu Deities.

2. Boycott products whose advertisements denigrate Deities, periodicals which print such advertisements, programmes (for example – stage plays) that denigrate Deities.

3. Stop those who dress up as Deities and beg.

4. Lodge complaints with the local Police whenever religious sentiments are hurt because of denigration of Deities.

5. Participate in the mission of Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti for protection of Dharma :

Over the past years, Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti have been protesting in a lawful manner against the denigration of Deities and Saints, malpractices taking place during Religious festivals, anti-Dharma bills like ‘Prevention and eradication of human sacrifice and other inhuman, evil and aghori practices and black magic’, take-over of temples by the Government etc. O devotees ! You too should participate in this mission to discharge your duty unto Dharma and thus, obtain supreme grace of the Deities. ‘धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः ।’ that is, Only when we protect Dharma, Dharma (God) will protect us !

Reference : Sanatan’s Holy Text ’Shri Ganapati’