A new Temple Coordination Forum has been formed in Maharashtra by some dedicated Hindus. The objective is to restore the glory of Hindu temples (which have begun to decay in the absence of any kind of state support) and use them as a medium of Hindu unity and spread of Sanatana Dharma.
The group has also formed a Devasthan Kosh Samiti (Temple Funds Foundation). In what is a laudable effort, the people involved have undertaken a project to compile a Temple Encyclopedia of Maharashtra, covering its 30 districts. Seven volumes of the encyclopedia have already been published.
A senior couple from Pune, Mrs and Mr Kunte, spent 17 years touring the entire state on a two wheeler without any financial support and collected the information for the encyclopedia. Now, a formal committee has been formed with sanction from the Assistant Charity Commissioner in Thane.
The group is enrolling temple coordinators in every village, taluka and district of India who will collect information about temples in their area and provide it to the Devasthan Kosh Samiti. The temples requiring maintenance and support will be identified and work for their restoration will be taken up through the Samiti.
If you want to support or get involved in this initiative in any way, send an email to Rajesh Mudholkar at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also send information at the following Yahoo group with photographs , history and other details of the temple you are interested in getting registered with the Samiti. The Group is recording even very small temples, whether old or new.