The issue of temple management is different in different states i believe, but in the state of AP and Telangana the govt has a temple hundi and takes the whole money and gives a salary for the pujari and temple priests. its was 2500 or so in early 2000/2002 time frame. one way to do more was to give the priest money directly when he comes for the shat-goppam/thirtham instead of putting it in the hundi which goes to the govt.
There is a temple in the place of "Chilukur" for Lord Balaji which also became famous as a visa god (lot of engineering graduates and software guys planning for overseas visit planned a visit to this temple). The chief priest of the temple would always tell devotees to tell the then state govt. headed by CBN to not install a hundi in the temple and the temple would be supported by the benefactors who originally left lands for the temple. Placing a temple hundi brings the temple under the control of state govt and with some officer left to lead the affairs of the temple. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPrB27tYOPU
this is the interview of Ratan Sharda in Srijan talks. At around the 17:30 mark the discussion veers on the discussions of Hindu temples and govt control and why the Modi govt is seemingly not doing anything. Mr. Sharda's response will be downer for people expecting some kind of change from the status quo as he wants hindus to first take charge and maintain them (gives example of Vaishnodevi's Mandir and the mismanagement by the people there who were Hindus themselves).
it also ties a bit into what some posters alluded that we need to have some set of common principles to run the temple trusts. Every temple will still have interference from govt or officials if its making money, they will be after the money by hook or crook to get their representative on temple board so as to take as much as possible.
The people who will surely wind up "running" temples in the south are the so called politicians of the regional parties whose vote banks are mired in caste and sectarian concerns.
coupled with this are the many notorious "mutt heads/swamijis" who are evil personified and who are already running mutts and temples to "benefit" their narrow caste/community interests, and these people are almost daily in the news for "demanding" cabinet berths and lucrative ministers posts for their "supporters"
where will the dalits go as they are mostly unwelcome in popular temples and the so called lower castes who are shunned by all as far as their legitimate rights go.
This will cause social tensions, upheavals, dissensions and assertions of caste identities which will only fragment the community and the united spectrum of Hindu voters.
let us first build consensus and evolve quickly a system of temple administration that is equitable, just and representative of the community at large.
at the end of the day, we will still have crackpots who will allow namaz and sermons to be held inside "their" temple, squandering resources in a futile attempt to prove that they are the most sickular of all, a very common, ancient and fatal hindu failing with repeatedly proven disastrous consequences.
that nonsense about unity in diversity is just so much claptrap designed to lull and trap the Hindus into inaction.
Let us keep our diversity at home where it belongs and publicly project a strong Hindu unity that is capable of serving the imperative requirements of a community that needs to resurrect itself and also rid itself of all false guilt and build a nation like all the others have unabashedly done calling themselves either xtian or muslim nations
except for some really dumb Hindus, I have yet to hear of anyone else sing "Ishwar allah tero nam" The others think that it's blasphemy whereas we seem to think that it is part of our dharma.
the ropers have taken away more than their legitimate share and gone away so why are we still so very defensive and apologetic about how we should rebuild what remains with us. whose approval are we awaiting, whose blessings are we still seeking and why
Temples were once the very root of our economic, civilizational and cultural power and that is why they were taken away from us and our futures were deliberately sabotaged so that we would not be able to rise again, we were compromised by our own leaders and the naturally resilient and aspirational majority were willfully defanged and cowed down by the elites of the minorities who aligned with the traitorous BIF controlled commie congi gang that ran roughshod over us ever since 1947.
They were initially shown the way by the britshits on how to subjugate the Hindus using a small elite group and they have all learned their lessons well