Why religion steps in when the state steps back
Post liberalization, religious organizations have used welfare services as a key way of propagating their faith and gaining adherents
As Pushpa Sundar points out in For God’s Sake (2002), arguably the most famous temple in India—the Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradesh, dedicated to the Hindu god Venkateshwara (or Vishnu the preserver)—is visited by approximately 40,000 pilgrims daily. The Siddhivinayak Temple, a famous temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ganesha, is visited by 160,000 devotees on the birthday of Ganesha (a day known as Ganesh Chaturthi). The Golden Temple in Amritsar, the main site of pilgrimage for Sikhs, attracts 30,000 people every day.