I just don't get it. Yesterday the newspaper carried an article which said that the entire sanctum sanctorum of the Tirupati Balaji temple is to be gold plated. This is a huge scheme estimated to cost around Rs.1000 crores. The article claims that this amount of money is to be generated by the temple's internal revenue and gold donations. It goes on to say that since the project was inaugurated a few weeks back there has been a steep rise in gold donations not only by business tycoons, charitable trusts etc but also by ordinary devotees who offer their gold ornaments.
I am too a religious (or must I call myself spiritual) person. I visit temples though not every other day and do like it too. I strongly believe that religious sentiments are purely personal. I can accept the fact that temples spend a considerable amount in renovation work in trying to reduce chaos and confusion within the temple premises and so as to ensure a safe and fulfilling pilgrimage. But I don't see why seeing a gilded temple would make people feel more pious.
I'm not in favour of squandering money meaninglessly in gold plating the temple. Why is this sort of gold plating necessary? I do not believe that the Gods would have insisted that temples be adorned with gold and diamonds. Nor do I believe that a true devotee would see the need for it. But as always, this is my opinion. I'm sure I'd have a lot of people opposing my standpoint. If anyone is able to figure out the intent behind this adornation, please enlighten me.