While keeping the requirements in mind of several categories of people associated with the temples, the Handbook is prepared to :
• Help the devotees who would like to have some basic understanding of the internal aspects of a temple system.
• Encourage the philanthropists who would like to contribute their services for welfare of the society through the temples.
• Assist the Administrators in running the individual temples effectively on sound Hindu principles
• Create awareness among public about the legal position with regard to Hindu Dharma, Temples, and religious freedom as guaranteed by Indian Constitution.
• Highlight the shortfalls of Endowment Departments in several states of India in temple management practices.
• Further motivate the Reformers of Hindu Society and Law makers of Governments for taking up all necessary alternative steps for “Governance of temples by Hindus only” under the guidance of great Acharyas and Dharmadhikaris.
Part 1 contains information regarding the concept and definition of Devasthanams and temples, various theories and positive aspects behind the constructions, and the benefits to the devotees at individual level.
Part 2 deals with the inner and outer key elements of temple managements, service areas where serious attention has to be paid, quality control systems for better sanity and sanctity in the premises, temple revenues, accounting and audit etc..All these features suggest good management practices for efficient administration of temples.
Part 3 deeply touches the sensitive subject of Governance of temples at State level. In that process, it provides sufficient material to the unsuspecting Hindu community about the religious rights which the Constitution of India conferred on the citizens of India, the scope of Article 26 of the Constitution, the present position of Hindu temples which are now virtually held captive by the State Authorities, and as to how to retrieve them and bring them back to an organized Hindu fold, so that they can regain their past glory.
While presenting the material as indicated above, extensive references are made to the works of several authors like Sri Tumuluri Lakshminarayana, Sri Padala Rama Reddy, Sri Kalanidhi Satyanarayana Murty, Sri Srinivasa Deekshitulu to whom we are ever grateful.
It is hoped that this book will catch the attention of great thinkers of this society. Even if few of them take it seriously and react to the suggestions made in it, our object would be fulfilled. We pray God to make this effort successful.