i tend to agree...
we appear to spend crores renovating temples in agraharams no longer populated by brahmins. instead, scholarships to poor brahmin students or helping out the old among us, those who need help with medical bills, will go a long way, to your punyam credit, with that great accountant chitraguptan
eh P.J., you worth several crores now ?
btw is there a lottery for punyams?
Like prasadji said, there is no Puniyam or Papam , but good action is important.
We give money/ different usable items like Kitchen utensils / used Shirts, Pants, Women Churidhars / new Sarees/Dhotis etc to old age home and also to an orphanage in India.
Here in US also our daughter in law goes to a old age home and gives Lunch pockets for the inmates once in a month; although we would like to do more, as both my son and daughter in law are working , and there are other things to be taken care of for the Two young kids.
Since we are here in US, we do not do any Amavasai Tharpanam, Srardham, Avani Avittam etc.
Even when we were in India , we joined with other in doing Sradham, but made anna dhanam on that day.
My elder brother who is no more used to do anna dhanam on Sradham day and other days like birthdays, marriage days, Pandhigai days etc told me that this is better than doing all orthodox rituals; i try to follow that advice.
We are maintaining a small 'Theru KOOTHU Pillayar' Temple just outside our home in Chennai and give Rs 1000/- every month to a poor Gurukal to do one time Puja.
We also give him, additional amount for Deepavali/ pongal etc New Dhoti /shirt etc
Whenever we go to our Kula deivam Temple in Kumbakonam, we also donate an amount to small School there.