The eatables for munching and to gulp down the throat were , cakes , biscuits, puffs , Rasgulla, ice cream and juices ,besides the other items . And there was a good crowd as well , since it was the Sunday, precisely the second half of the Sunday. And the whole place seemed like a seamless Big Bazaar to me. There were guards everywhere ,around the place , asking us ( crowd) to be in the queue and keep moving on . Besides the eatables , there were books ( in different languages ) , posters , prayer beads , kurtas with different designs , colors and sizes as well. On one on the wall there was an combo offer, which mentioned the items and money saved if bought together. I am part of the retail industry for almost two years now. And my heart sank and was squeezed and so did my spirit , after walking through the temple , from Bhagavan darshanam to my way to exit . Last Sunday , I along with my friend Nitin , visited a temple in Bangalore . I visited the same temple , after a span of decade or so. And after walking out of the temple , I felt of two things ,one I was robbed of my spirit and two , I was among the people ,for whom temples have emerged as a picnic spot. I am glad, I did part with temples long back and not with Gods. My idea of temple is peace but unfortunately there is just noise ,these days. I wonder do people go to temples because of the fear factor and drop some money ,after the aarti in the huge money hundis ( which look like huge money vaults) or it is just a vogue to go to temples or have people forgotten the whole purpose of going to temples in the first place. And I heard from someone, the temple is going to open another branch in other part of Bangalore as well . As a human being , I felt suffocated and my sensibilities were hurt . And if there was any God there, God must have left the temple long back. I wonder ,who did the worshipers meet,who bought tickets for Special darshanam. Are temples the new shopping malls cum food courts? On second thought , the Gods , may opt for five working days as well.