Hindu Temples And The Indian State : Conclusion

While taking over the administration of the Tirupati temple some 200 years ago, the collector of the North Arcot G Eo. Stratton who alluded in his report of a statement allegedly in the Bhavishya Purana that “the worship of Vishnoo will cease at the completion of 5000 years from the commencement of Caliyug”. He also expressed the hope that “should the prophecy be fulfilled, we may in about a century more expect a material decrease in the revenue of the Tripatty pagoda”.The prophesy has not materialised and is now managed by the TTD Board under whom most of the income is expended on purposes that have nothing to do with Hindu religious activities or activities of the temple. Even more distressing is the fact that the religious activities of the Temple are circumscribed not by any of the hoary traditions of the temple, but by something known as the Bruce Code, which came in to force in early 19th century.