Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Amitabh's Donation to Tirupathi - Thoughts...

I read the newspaper the other day and also saw the local news. Amitabh donated a bracelet made out of gold and studded with diamonds for Lord Venkateshwara at Tirupathi. Initially I was impressed. This man who is an Icon in India respected and revered the Lord. He wanted to thank the Lord by generously donating something.

However, a little while later, I was talking to my dad about this. I wondered aloud what happened to all the ornaments that were put in the Hundi of the Lord at Tirupathi. He said that as far as he knew they would be held as fixed assets for the Lord.

That was when I started thinking. Do such donations really help. I do know that the money that goes into the hundi is used for the upkeep of the temple, the facilities for the pilgrims who visit Tirupathi, the universities and charities that are run by the Facilitators of Tirupathi. Every one in India knows that Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupathi is the richest lord in India.

Then would a donation in the form money for these charities or universities, or in the form of a trust fund for the poor, not be a better way to thank the lord for his constant strength in ones' life.

Would such a donation not be a more proactive way to thank him for the life he has given us?



At April 7, 2006 at 2:37:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If every one donates to charity and no one puts his offerings to the lord..it is we who are affected....Affected will be the piligrims..the piligrims from the villages/common public...coz they/we have to pay more for travel from tirupathi to tirumala, they will have to spend more amount for food at the hotels there, instead of having food at the annadanam, and ofcourse they will increase the darshan tickets cost which is not the affordable to most of the piligrim who come from rural parts of andhra, TamilNadu..
No trust will ever pay for satisfying the feelings/devotion of a poor person..only the roti/kapada/makaan can be taken care of with such donations/ trusts..
If Amitabh has made his offering to the lord..then we can/u can donate to charity and make a difference..So i think Amitabh did the right thing..
btw i disliked the term lord...it looks more western...i would have loved to use the term "GOD".

At June 23, 2006 at 5:20:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waste of money...Mr. Bachna should open schools in remote areas and finance the upkeep and pay good money to teachers so that they can bring new generation of great sincere leaders. EDUCATION PAYS


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