From the Editor’s Desk
The government is keen to provide facilities to devotees at Naina Devi, Chintpurni and Kangra through schemes for religious places but schemes already in place need to be understood. Temple administration is primarily working to utilise temple earnings whereas comprehensive schemes are need of the hour to tap economic aspects of religious tourism. Faith has been associated with religious tourism in the country and a dozen temples have earnings of nearly ten thousand crores of rupees because of management’s understanding of schemes. There is no permanent planning between temple administration and schemes. Earnings have been streamlined because of undertaking by government but political and administrative dominance influence expenses. Priority has not been accorded to religious tourism in Himachal. Stop gap arrangements besides temporary postings looked after temples and devotees but facilities for visitors were ignored. There are seven places having potential to boost religious tourism. A system can be evolved at in half a dozen temples in Himachal on the analogy of Vaishno Devi Shrine that earns revenue of six hundred crores of rupees. This objective cannot be achieved through present system and management. There is a need to establish independent temple development authority having a permanent cadre to increase revenue. Tourism in Himachal can open new opportunities if we prepare a blueprint of earnings and development of temples. All temples can collectively regulate yatras by preparing different religious routes in Himachal. High level discussions have begun on infrastructure and system in selected temples but a regulate system can provide economic prosperity and generate employment opportunities in Himachal.
Thought of the Week
The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.