For at least 1500 years, temple design, construction and worship have followed the canon of the agama-s. Shouldnt temple management also follow the agama-s?
Steeped in a history of more than two millennia, the real bequest of India's ancient temples is that they are still living sacred spaces. The gods that were invoked in these temples more than a thousand years ago, continue to reside in the sanctums and gaze benevolently upon their devotees. The bells ring for morning service as they did a thousand years ago. The acarya waves the arati just as another acarya did a thousand years ago. No other organisation in the world can boast of such amazing continuity. The secret to this longevity lies in the agama-s.
Agama-s are the traditional canon believed to be as old as the Vedas, with detailed manuals on temple-building, consecration and ritual worship. While the world outside the temples - a world of kings and kingdoms - has changed, temples continue to follow the agama-s in letter and spirit in their everyday religious function, notwithstanding the many changes in administrative formats.
By studying the activities of the temple, material and manpower required, qualifications and roles prescribed for the temple professionals, this thesis attempts to reconstruct an agamic temple management framework, using the Kamikagama as primary text with other agama-s, secondary literature and inscriptional evidence as required.
Temple Management in the Agamas
Reading level: Adults
Paperback: 290 pages