How many works for a temple?1. Temple (gopuram, idols, tanks, etc) - constructors with sculptors/painters2. Music instruments – makers and players3. Flowers/ Thoranams – Florists and garland makers4. Jewels – Makers and sellers5. Clothes – Weavers and sellers6. Milk, Curd, Ghee – Cow herds7. Neivedhyam – farmers / traders ( rice, vegetables, grains, fruits, etc)8. Mud/Metal lamps(include oil) - makers and sellers9. Camphor makers and sellers10. Arathi/ Samaram – makers and sellers11. Ther / Chaparam /Umbrella/Bell makers12. Othuvars13. Priests14. Artists (singers, dancers, story tellers)15. Vibudhi/Kumkum/ Sandanam makers and sellers16. Utencils and cooks for Anna dhanams/ Prasadam preparations17. Abhishekam products like honey/tender coconuts/turmeric/etc18. Animal take carers for cows, elephants, etc19. Temple take carers.20. Temple defenders.
Varna Dharma• In works we have covered Tradesmen, Priests and Farmers.• Once when temple is built and jewels are kept in temple…who will protect and defend it, along with temple?• Warrior class not only protects temple, but also the people who built it and whose livelihood depends on it for their economic and spiritual life.• A glorious social set up(when we traded in gold/silver coins) on the basis of division of labour like honey bees, everyone is respected for the work and each one depends on the other.• Look at Mylapore temple and see how its surrounding small shops have grown multi-storied complexes…you will see such examples in your own towns/villages…• Its not merely Hindu religious tradesmen who keep shops near temple, but even non Hindu tradesmen keep their shops near Hindu temple.• But who is responsible for the current mess we find ourselves now?