I has having Tirupathi in mind when I wrote the post.When it comes to restricting/moderating admission based on money is against spirituality. It leads to the stratification of devotees, makes them divided in to haves and have nots, which is a shame.
I agree with Sri Venkataramani Ji on this one.
If temples want to regulate the inflow, they have other options: 1) first come, first served, with a fixed number admitted 2) an advanced reservation system with the same first come, first served principle, instead of a queue system 3) drawing from a pool indiscriminately to admit a certain number 4) admit first people with special needs (though this may take some work. I am sure there are many more than discriminating over the crassest of all things, money to be the basis for temple admission!
- People with special needs, old/infirm, women with infants are given direct access to the lord from through the main gate without any hindrance.
- FIFO does not always work with such a mass. There may be people who wish to have a speedy dharshan for many reasons. Having them pay a small additional fee is not, in any way, a crass method! Neither is it intented to exhibit a discrimination between the haves and have-nots!
- Moreover, there are special sevas and daily routines which are given preference to. People who wish to see these sevas are asked to shell out some extra money.
Writing something on a discussion board is easy. Implementing it in reality is really difficult. Why would then, the TTD, which has enough money by virtue of its hundi alone, plunge into brass money tactics, as some seem to think so?