There is no dearth of temples any where in India and they are available in plenty wherever you go. These temples are normally managed by different trusts. There are some temples run by the people at their individual level also. Different States in the country have their own rules for the purpose including in regard to payment of minimum wages to the employees working in the respective temples. As per decision taken by the then State Government of Kerala (India), a gazette notification was issued on 16th August’2011 to the effect that Payment of Minimum Wages Rules be applied to the staff employed in different temples in the State also. Priests and Oracles are mainly included in the category of employees. Parathsarathi temple in Guruvayur is reportedly the one who defaulted the rules so stipulated on the ground that the temple doesn’t have resources enough to pay the amount so prescribed to its employees.
Most of the temples in India are more like a business house than religious pursuits in the name of some ritual or the other. Their earnings are immense. Many of them only cheat the devouts to fetch a bigger sum of money from them. They feed themselves fat enough to keep up fortunes for their future generations for long. But when it comes to paying their employees, they pretend to be resource less for the purpose. The law should be implemented with force to see that the so called religious patrons are made to pay the temple employees adequately.