They say that at the centre of every village was the temple, and that the temple was always ALWAYS the tallest building around. They say that this was because we could see the temple from any point in the village, and that helped us pray, and worship the gods.
Today, the tallest building around comes from the corporate sector. They are at the heart of every city that exists. Does this say something about the power sectors, and the very apparent shift from god to money? Indeed, the question is raised- do we worship money? And this is not a random, question thrown at the filthy rich. It is a deep introspection into the heart of our lives and our ways of living.
Architecture, too, plays its role in shaping our society.
With the changes that have taken place in our way of living, somewhere along the line our values changed, too. It is no longer the painstaking efforts of an individual to reach god, but costly entry fees into temples that take you quickly past the common entrance, and it is no longer about the penance but the money with which you can gain it.
The temple has changed from being the pristine, holy place where people thronged to gain the lord's blessings into something that we can pay an entry into. God, like water, ought to come for free.