The income of temples in Andhra Pradesh has gone up by 27%, and the Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has attributed the growth to “growing sins”.
“People are committing sins and to get rid of them they are going to temples and offering money..Those who are committing more sins and those having more troubles are offering more along with the wealthy lot,” the chief minister remarked, during his inaugural address at the two-day conference of district collectors in Vijayawada on Wednesday.
At the same time, he pointed out, sale of liquor was coming down, resulting in reduced income to the state.
“More people are taking (Sabarimala) Ayyapa Swamy ‘deeksha’ and abstaining from liquor consumption for 40 days. To that extent our liquor sales are going down,” he observed, though jocularly.
“People turn to temples whenever they encounter problems.. Even though officers are not working the income of temples has increased remarkably.. If temples or other places of worship viz churches or masjids are not there, people will become mad by now” he pointed out.