Places of Worship - Inputs on Cleanliness Issues

Some of you have highlighted this in your comments. With this post we would like to seek your inputs on key issues related to littering/lack of cleanliness/environment unfriendly materials around our places of worship in India. This impacts both the cleanliness levels of our cities and air we breathe.

Kindly list all such issues by responding to this post. Our objective would be to come up with solutions that can be proposed and disseminated to ULBs so they can take appropriate steps in addressing this.

The onlu objective is to improve the cleanliness around our places of worship and contibute towards Swachh Bharat!

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Government has imposed cess on service tax for swachh Bharat. It shall become currupt practice mission as -
Municipal councils and municipal corporation ,shall have funds for making a curruption mission. The ruling party leaders and corporators of ruling party and opposition and other parties shall recieve money in purchases. Today already the commission on purchases are as under
Road safety products,cat eye blinkers, etc--------                            30 to 65% Water cleaning clorine and alum                                                       25 to 55 %LED/Street Lights                                                                             30% Garbage Containers /Cleaning products /wheel barrows                  40%Fabrication of fire fighting vehicle & Products                                   35 to 40%CC Road work                                                                                  25% to 40%Construction sewer line & Drains                                                      30%Approval of works contract quotation from tender committee           10% (amount is paid to members)Recieving back the security deposit                                                     5% 

Now one can judge that the purchases shall be in full swing including bogus purchases, This has already started and tenders already floated on higher costs. Pls see news pappers. 
SWACHH BHARAT MISSION SHALL INCREASE CURRUPTION AND NOTHING SHALL BE CLEAN EXCEPT PURCASE OF EQUIPPMENTS





On Sunday, 16 August 2015 4:11 PM, Subhash Mantri <support@localcirclesmail.com> wrote: more  
1. The places of worship generally found so dirty and filthy except the
STATE Kerala.

2. The temples are maintained well in Kerala. It's surroundings are also
somewhat better but still need to improve due to lack of proper drainage.
Otherwise Kerala temples are No.1 in India.

3. All other states temples are maintained very badly. The inside the
temples itself are dirty and filthy. The surroundings contains lots of
shops and business places are also maintained bad.

4. Compare to Christian churches and Muslim Mosque, the temples are
maintained very bad due to old structure and inability to maintain the
same. Though enough fund is pouring in many temples in India, the funds
are not utilised properly by Devasthans and trustees.

5. The part of money to be utilised for repairs, development and
cleanliness.

6. The churches and Mosques are built and maintained by foreign funds
largely due to their cooperation within the community.

7. Hindus have no co-operation and the majority of hindus are in support
of Congress and Communists parties and other like minded parties.

8. Though above parties maintain as secular, it is for the individual's
gain( PURELY POLITICSonly) , when issue comes, they talk against the Hindu
ethics and they only want to visit Hindu temples on Political basis and
do not want to help in bringing up the status of the temples by extending
support for development. It is a KNOWN FACT.

9. The mindset of Hindus belonging to all Political parties should with
immediate effect change and bring large extent of co-operation among Hindus
and make sincere attempt to safeguard the temples and ethics.

10. It does not mean that we should part away with other communities.

11. Hindus should learn lot of things from Christians and Muslims for one
to one co-operation. This is learnt from experience.

12. Each sanyasis and community leaders pose as MAN MADE GOD and
extracting money from general public , who are innocent and falling in to
the pray of such culprits.

13. First we should control and put a full stop to such activities among
Hindus.

14. We need only sincere Gurus , who teaches good about mankind and the
existence of God or believe to be the existence of God.

15. We should arrest all such unwanted and duplicate babas and Man Gods
and Devis , who are recently known involved in illegal activities and
spoiling the Hindus culture, ethics and belief. It is a bad setback to
Hindu community.

16. In almost all temples, the priests and their followers and grabing
money and duping all devotees in front of the deity of GODS. We should
stop such practices. Why should pay to have a Darshan of Lord. Why the
agents minting money and cheating devotees?

17. We rarely come across such illegal Gods and babas/gurus among other
community.

18. To reach to the base of the Temples in India, first, we should clean
such people and then proceed to a new era of keeping up our old traditions
and ethics.

19. Proper Hindu Organisation set up is required to control such things.
The temples can be maintained because there is no lack of fund.

20. The fund of other rich temples to be distributed and utilised for
uplifting other temples.

21. Let us try for a clean and tidy, developed and maintained ,
controlled and restricted PLACES OF WORSHIP. more  
Mr.KHAN HAS POINTED OUT MANY THINGS TO REFORM PRACTICES THOSE PRODUCE GARBAGE IN OR AROUND HINDU PLACES OF WORSHIP.FOR A HINDU,HIS BODY IS TEMPLE AND THE SOUL WHICH KEEPS HIM ALIVE IS GOD OR PART OF GOD.IT WAS REAFFIRMED BY SWAMY VIVEKANANDA WHEN HE SAID-"EACH SOUL IS POTENTIALLY DIVINE;THE GOAL IS TO MANIFEST DIVINITY WITHIN THROUGH BHAKTI YOGA,JANANA YOGA,KARMA YOGA AND RAJA YOGA-EITHER ANY OF THESE OR ALL OF THESE AND GET LIBERATED;TEMPLES AND PILGRIMAGES ARE BUT SECONDARY".TO REAFFIRM AND STRENGTHEN THIS PHILOSOPHY IN MIND,A HINDU GOES TO TEMPLE WHICH IS NOT COMPULSORY FOR HIM IN ADVANCED STAGE OF SPIRITUALITY.THERE ARE TWO THINGS IN HINDU WORSHIP-1)RITUAL,WHERE PRASAD,FLOWERS AND OTHER THINGS THAT GENERATE GARBAGE, LIKE THE PROVISION ITEMS THAT WE TAKE HOME.2)SPIRITUAL, WHERE NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE INVOLVED WHERE MIND AND SOUL HAS ATTAINED THAT ADVANCED STATE.FIRST ONE IS THE START UP AND THE SECOND ONE IS ADVANCED STAGE.BUT MOST PEOPLE REMAIN IN THE FIRST STAGE ITSELF DUE TO VARIOUS REASONS MAINLY DUE TO LACK OF GUIDANCE OR WANT OF TIME.THESE PEOPLE LACK DISCIPLINE IN MANY CASES AND THEY THROW GARBAGE IN THE SURROUNDINGS.PUBLIC AWARENESS IS GATHERING MOMENTUM SLOWLY NOW AND VOLUNTEERS ARE SPREADING AWARENESS
AND EDUCATING PEOPLE TO BE DISCIPLINED.IN MANY PLACES,RSS VOLUNTEERS ARE DOING THIS SERVICE.RSS IS NOT MEANT TO FIGHT THE MINORITIES BUT TO HELP AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY DURING NEED AND DISTRESS.
THERE ARE MUTTON SHOPS,WINE SHOPS,ARRACK SHOPS,FISH VEGETABLE/FRUIT,FLOWER MARKETS,GUJIRI SHOPS etc NEAR THE TEMPLES,AND PLACES OF WORSHIP OF MINORITIES.THESE ARE NOT HYGIENIC TO PEOPLE WHO VISIT PLACES OF WORSHIP.
MOST IMPORTANT IS, BURYING THE DEAD IN THE PREMISES OF MOSQUES AND CHURCHES NEED TO BE AVOIDED FROM HEALTH AND HYGIENIC POINT OF VIEW.THAT GETS DECOMPOSED AND POLLUTE THE SURROUNDINGS AND UNDERGROUND WATER.MOSTLY IN CITIES CERTAINLY SUCH PRACTICE IS NOT ADVISABLE.WE CONSIDER MOSQUES AND CHURCHES HOLY LIKE TEMPLES.
REGARDING TOLERANCE OF OTHER FAITHS,HINDU GETS HIGHEST MARK.THIS IS NOT EXAGGERATION!THIS COUNTRY GAVE SHELTER TO ALL FOREIGN FAITHS AND TO THOSE WHO WERE MADE HOMELESS OR DRIVEN OUT FROM THEIR OWN COUNTRY DUE TO RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION.WHAT WAS THE NEED FOR PARTITIONING OF THIS COUNTRY?DESPITE PARTITION,LOSS OF LIVES AND PROPERTY,HINDUS FORGOT AND FORGAVE EVERYTHING
AND ACCOMMODATED MUSLIM COMMUNITY WHO PREFERRED TO REMAIN IN INDIA AFTER PARTITION.WHAT IS THE POSITION OF HINDUS IN PAKISTAN AND PLACES OF THEIR WORSHIP?IS THERE FREEDOM OF WORSHIP OPENLY IN PAKISTAN AND OTHER
MUSLIM COUNTRIES FOR NON MUSLIMS?HINDU RESPECTS ALL FAITHS AND DOES NOT CONVERT.WHAT ABOUT OTHER FAITHS?
Mr.KHAN ARGUES THAT THERE ARE BOMB BLASTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES ALSO.WHO DOES IT AND WHAT FOR?IS IT NOT TO TERRORISE AND SPREAD ISLAMIC RADICALISM IN THOSE COUNTIES AND ALSO IN INDIA?HOW MANY MINORITIES HAVE OCCUPIED THE TOPMOST POSITIONS IN FREE INDIA?CAN A HINDU OR A CHRISTIAN BECOME PRESIDENT OR HAVE EVEN A LESSER POST IN ANY OF THE ISLAMIC COUNTRIES?
WE NEED TO INTROSPECT AND SET RIGHT OUR WRONGS AND MINDSET, TRUST EACH OTHER FOR A BETTER TOMORROW.THE BRITISH DIVIDED US AND OUR OWN PEOPLE WANT US TO BE DIVIDED FOR EVER TO GAIN POLITICAL MILEAGE FOR THEM.WE WILL BE FOOLS TO FOLLOW THEM.THE SOON WE UNDERSTAND THIS WOULD BE BETTER FOR ALL OF US!HOWEVER,Mr.KHAN HAS POINTED OUT SOME OF HINDU DRAW BACKS.THANKS TO HIM AND WE TAKE THEM IN RIGHT SPIRIT! more  
Well Mr Khan, it is right that one set of human beings are adapted to cleaner and better living standards because religion enforces such behaviour;

Be it in temple or mosques, the insides are maintained clean and healthy; but the surroundings are the main point of concern, that too when the gathering is huge as during celebration of festivities; then after the festivities are over, the whole place is in a mess and it remains like that, till the garbage gets buried under the soil, on its own; more sponsors and volunteers should come forward to support the management of festivities - before commencement of the festivities, during the festivities and after the conclusion, of the festivities.

the religious towns came up at a time, when our population was low; the area cannot be expanded to accommodate the growing population/visitors to the religious places; this is one major factor for deteriorating environs; the flow of visitors should be regulated to ensure that the visitors do not create nuisance beyond control;

The civic authorities are at a loss to provide a clean environment, for the simple reason is that, most of us are only concerned about our needs and exigencies and do not bother about civility or civic responsibilities; Many are not organized and as such no law can prevent them from crossing the limits;

The washroom or place to relieve oneself should be easily accessible and available at vintage points; garbage should be picked up continuously and place to be cleaned continuously rather than on specific occasions; though the local bodies are provided with funds for the festivities the money is not being used for the purpose, for which it is collected and allocated; more  
(I am writing this as “Suggestion & NOT to hurt fellow Brothers Religious feelings)”-
POSSIBLE SUGGESTIONS / SOLUTIONS FOR SWATCH BHARATH- CLEANING SURROUNDING & OURSELVES.
This has reference to your Article dt.15.8.2015 on Swatch Bharath (SB) and inviting suggestions and thank you for the same.
You have stated that
Lack of Cleanliness at Places of Worship - Key Issues

1. Garbage is scattered all over around Religious places
2. People throw Garbage everywhere
3. The offering like Flowers and Prasad invariably generate garbage & pollutes the floor
4. A lot of Food Waste is generated during special & Festival occasions
5. Lack of TOILETS & WASHING FACILITY TO CLEAN around Religious places
You have rightly pointed out the disturbing situations & it is timely. Most Hindus know that their acts generates Garbage, pollutes/spoils the environment; but don’t want to stop them; reason- it is Religious.
Our PM Modijis Swatch Bharath (SB) is a great Contribution/Activity aimed at CLEANING SURROUNDING & thereby Ourselves. When surrounding is cleaned; naturally it cleaned ourselves from all dirts. SB is a movement to clean up every nook & corner of our country. It kindled awareness to become clean.
After our PMs SB, many Municipalities started Cleaning/Removing wastes in trucks that one wonders; wherefrom so much waste is generated. Your Points 3 to 5: Hindu Festivals generate lot of wastes especially during Ganesha & other Festivals/Processions is very right. PM aware of it has proposed GANGA CLEANING. Hence, Hindu Religious leaders have to introspect and reform the people what is RIGHT & WRONG. It is difficult to reform as rich-poor gap is wide. Some people want to become leaders overnight using Religion, create communal tensions on small issues & divide people without concern for fellow people. While Govt. will clean/remove garbs from several places; that is not enough since as you rightly said; Cleanliness at Religious places is most important as lakhs of people assemble/visit Temples daily while no provision exist to clean/wash Premises or persons coming to Temples.
It is not because there is no money; they keep Money for Procession/Thear/Melas which in turn bring lot of money/gold to leaders/trustees for their popularity. During Thear/Melas, many people get killed in stampede, while dip in River water kills many by drowning. While Temples & authorities become rich, poor become poorer. World Gold Councils says, 20,000 MT of Golds are lying unused in many of Indian Temples while people contributing it; suffer for basic amenities. Who have tobe blamed for this ? Can’t Govt. /Supreme Court order to use them for Welfare & Developments of the people who donated it. RSS blames Muslims for over-population while many Hindus die in Melas very frequently. Most Hindu businessmen have/want 1 or 2 children as they have become materialistic & no time/concern for their own fellow people. Some Hindus drink & lye roadside before Brandy shops; as they feel: no Religious duties, relations to take care, educate & reform them. Who will take care of them ?. We made caste system to keep them divided & low. Wine shops are plenty & encouraged to multiply even before Temples. If Mahatma Gandhiji was alive today, prohibition will succeed?
ARRACK IS HARAAM & most Muslims avoid Wine shop; while many Hindus become addict & die in hundreds frequently in every States. No one bothers/can do anything as the Govt. wants it.
Today; the problem to clean/clear the garbage is easy but difficult to stop generation of it due to religious feeling. SB cannot be achieved without full involvement/participation of those who pollute; reason; why I/ we should do it to benefit others/society- which is not my concern; this is the attitude of many.

“CARRY TOILET WHEN LEAVING HOME- TO AVOID PISSING/PEEING ON ROAD-SIDE’.
Today, Lakhs of people from Villages goes to nearby Towns daily for Jobs, Education, Business etc., Only Bus Stands have Toilets. All cannot run to Bus Stand for natural calls.
Temples & Mosques are not only for Prayer but also to use for Cleaning, Drinking pure Water, washing, relaxing, resting, discussing/sharing business, marriage, community issues etc.,
Most Mosqs provide
1. Toilets
2. Tap water to Wash, clean face, hands, legs etc. to perform Namaz
3. Filter water for Drinking
4. Halls to relax, rest, discuss, share community issues after Namaz.
5. Read Quran & other books in leisure time;
6. Mosqs attracts people for various personal works besides Namaz.
Most Muslims RUSH to Mosqs after AZAN (Manual Call from Mosqs throughout the world for Namaz) and are kept engaged in Religious practices. The above facilities in Mosqs are provided by the people & NOT BY GOVT. Hence, Muslims donot piss on road-side. PAY & USE is not clean & not being used. Who will check its working/Cleanliness at Rly.Station, Bus Stops etc.,?

Above facilities are lacking in Temples (Some Temples are always locked; except in Festivals). Hence, many are not attracted to Temples for their personal necessities & thus, their attachment/devotion to God becomes less. In Temples, Pujari alone pray & others get Darshan, Prasadam etc; no duty tobe clean/perform prayer. For Muslims, both male & female must pray Namaz 5 times daily & this keeps them busy; clean & healthy as Namaz is also an Exercise; for Physical & Mental fitness.

SUGGESTIONS / SOLUTIONS TO CLEAN OURSELVES:
Most Temples have enough space, money & water to attract people to clean & Pray. There should be equal responsibility for all to Pray-Male & Female; like Fundamental Rights guaranteed& Punishment to all equally. Community people should take initiative to provide above facilities to attract Hindus to Temples (instead of forming group army to fight against minority-as RSS doing) . Cleaning facility will stop people pissing on Roadside, spreading diseases and make all Hindus to turn to Temples as in the case of Mosqs.
Cleaning of our Home, Work/Business places alone will not solve polluting of our surroundings. If Temples provide Basic Facilities, people will go to Temples daily for all personal works which will give them much needed Peace; and keep their areas clean. Non-provision of Basic things in Temples have lead to Neglect of Religious Belief, Neglect of Temples; Tendency for materialistic attitude & finally; no concern /help even for own Relations/fellow people. When a Muslim die; there is crowd than when a Hindu die. This is a proof of fellow-concern.

In Mosqs, waste water is used to grow trees, fruits, gardens; providing cool surrounding around Mosqs- much needed for all age people. Temples can also be developed like Mosqs to provide much needed facilities to attract people & become religious & healthy people.
Unless Religious Heads introspect, come forward & implement what is good for people, SB or anything cannot succeed. There are crorepatis; but no concern for fellowmen. ALL HAVE ONE LIFE. AFTER DEATH, even giver or taker cannot get moksha. GOD WILL PITY those rich who have no concern for fellowmen.
MODIJI could not bring back Blackmoney as promised. It is now White in the rich hands. Ambanis putting up Plant of 35,000 Crores. India have several Millionnairs while Govt. has no money even to provide basic needs.
MODIJI:- Voters feel cheated. Your Ministers discriminate on the basis of Religion. EVERY ONE MUST ASK/INTROSPECT WHETHER WE ARE HUMANBEING & IF SO, HOW & WHY THEY TREAT MUSLIMS DIFFERENTLY. Bomb blast happens in many Muslim countries too; to avenge atrocities committed by them; recent one in Pakistan killed a Minister & his party; whereas in India, many in Power (Ministers, MPs, Govt. Officers amassing wealth since no one to check & not accountable for their Misdeeds).

INDIA LACKS IN GOOD WATER, ROADS, DRAINAGE, HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, HOUSING, POWER SUPPLY etc ., There is floods in one part while drought & farmers suicide at other parts. Can’t Central Govt. address them & stop people dying due to Govt.s inaction. FLOODS, TSUNAMI, THUNDERS, VARIOUS ACCIDENTS ARE OMEN TO ALL. Ministers/Officials instead of addressing & providing basic needs; are busy in amassing wealth, travelling abroad & leading luxurious life while common people suffer for most things and not having money even for treatment. Medicines/treatment are costly & people/children die unable to meet medical expenses.
PM MODI MUST PASS LOKPAL BILL SO THAT THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE ACTS OF ALL IN POWER. AS WE NEED POLICE FOR MAINTAINING LAW & ORDER, LOKPAL WILL ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY OF ACTS OF ALL IN POWER. (LOKAYUKTA & CBI HAVE BECOMES TOOLS OF RULING GOVT. & NOT ANSWERABLE TO OTHERS. SUPREME COURT REMOVED CBI DIRECTOR FOR FAVOURATISM).
SB is not succeeding since Temples & Religious institutions are not involved and due to Selfishness of few people. As Temples exists everywhere (like Mosqs), Temples involvement/ participation in SB will lead to Cleaning of surroundings everywhere, openness among all people and promote National integration. Jai Hind.
WISHING SWATCH BHARATH TEAM SUCCESS IN ALL ITS ACTIVITIES .
Yours Sincerely,
C.Neyim Khan, HRConsultant & Advocate, Ex- AGM (HR&A),
#.FS 478, Dr.Ambedkar High School,CM Lay Out , HIRIYUR
Mobile No. 9535470460 Email:c.neyimkhan@gmail.com -- 21.8.2015 more  
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