Hindu Mommy

October 25, 2006

Do we need to start paying couples to marry in order to save Hinduism?

Filed under: Hinduism,India — hindumommy @ 10:53 pm

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam(TTD) has decided to help save Hinduism by paying money to marry couples.

According to this report in the Hindustan Times dated October 21st,

Mass marriages of poor couples will be solemnised at the TTD Kalyana Mandapams from Feb 22,2007 in an attempt to save Hinduism and prevent poor Hindus from converting to other religions

The temple will give each bride a one-gram-gold mangalasutram as the Lord’s blessing, bear expenses up to Rs 3,000 and feed 20 guests of each couple. Holding 1 lakh marriages is likely to cost the temple a whopping Rs 40 crore per year, but its authorities are fine with it.

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OK, maybe… just maybe ….I am missing something here but why is everyone so desperate to get couples married ?

First the Indian Government by suggesting a financial incentive of $1,100 for inter-racial marriages and now the TTD

Also, I may be naive and idealistic in this regard but are we really so desperate to save Hinduism that we have to start bribing people to get married?

I know that there are going to be people who will tell me to get real and say that there are lots of incidents where Christian preachers have converted people of lower Hindu castes to Christianity by promising a better life and we as Hindus are doing nothing wrong by paying for their marriage – to which I say “Just because we do what the other folks are doing, doesn’t make it right !”

Hinduism has a long history of being the most tolerant religion in the world and never having forced conversions. Hinduism definitely doesn’t need any saving. What it needs is people who are proud to be Hindus – proud of their heritage and religion without being fanatics.

What Hinduism needs is for more people, including Hindus themselves to understand their religion more and be proud of it’s uniqueness and diversity.

If the TTD truly wants to help save Hinduism then it should use the Rs 40 crores (and even more if necessary) to improve the skills of these lower caste poor people to teach them to be self sufficient and have a better standard of living.

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4 Comments »

  1. It is common for major temples and charity organizations to conduct mass marriages in India. Since most Hindus want to get married according to the tradition – the temples and organizations are only giving a helping hand to start a family life.

    This mass marriage in Tirupati, if done in fear of conversion, is yet another foolish attempt by the Hindu religious hierarchy to protect Hinduism. As you have mentioned, Hinduism definitely doesn’t need any saving.

    It has survived the onslaught of cunning missionaries, ruthless invaders, mudslingers and pseudo secularists.

    What these people are trying to protect is the ‘Hindu religion’ and what they often forget is that it is not a religion but ‘a way of life’ and ‘celebration of freedom.’

    Comment by abhilash — October 26, 2006 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  2. Pay couples to marry in order to save Hinduism?

    Pay couples to marry in order to save Hinduism? posted at IndianPad.com

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  3. […] Hindu Mommy questions the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam’s plan to save Hinduism by funding Hindu marriages Hinduism has a long history of being the most tolerant religion in the world and never having forced conversions. Hinduism definitely doesn’t need any saving. What it needs is people who are proud to be Hindus – proud of their heritage and religion without being fanatics. Posted by krishnan […]

    Pingback by Blogbharti » Are we desperate to save Hinduism — October 27, 2006 @ 4:07 am | Reply

  4. In India, whatever is done is revolves round “Vote Bank” politics.
    Is TTD is also being used in this politics?
    Is continuation of SC/ST/OBC & now muslim reservations for over 50 years O K?
    There are no rules when you want to get votes form masses.
    There is no religion,no God fearing, No rationality!
    TTD is flush with funds and how to use them in socalled secular Government. They are lacking in ideas! Any help needed to TTD?

    Comment by swaralu — October 27, 2006 @ 11:46 am | Reply


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