Photography at Hindu Temples in India now forbidden

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I am recently back from a 4 month trip to India. During that time, I visited a number of major Hindu temples in north-west, central and south India. This was my 14th trip to India - I have been photographing in many temples without a problem in the past, but on this trip, after a gap of a few years away from India, I was disappointed to discover that photography is now forbidden at all the major temples that I visited.

I guess that this is in response to the vast numbers of camera-phones that everyone now carries, but whatever the reason, it is a shame that there is now no possiblity for serious photographers to record the culture, history, architecture, and daily life of Hindu temples in India.

I would be interested to hear any comments. This post can also act as a warning to anyone planning a trip especially to photograph temples.

Incidentally, I was still able to photograph in many Buddhist temples, and some Jain temples too.

If anyone knows of major Hindu temples where photography IS still permitted, then it might be useful to mention then, though I would suggest that if this trend continues, there will be very few where a photographer is welcome in future.
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... disappointed to discover that photography is now forbidden at all the major temples that I visited.



Name the temples where taking pictures was refused and how refused .. a sign at outer entrance, not of deity, pujari thinking rupees ?

How were the non-tourist temples?
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Certainly photography was banned by notice at Rameshwarum temple at my visit in autumn 2016.

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Many of the so called better known temples do no allow photography.
The priest at Vashisht cave, Mana village had a reason that this decreased the 'divine power' of the place. Wasn't allowed at Ganapati cave there as well.
Similar experiences at Delhi, all ISKON temple, and many other places.
My view - genuinely - the cameras obstruct views of others and especially during the rush times, waiting to get a good click inconveniences others behind and commercially - it helps sell the photos outside the temple if you want a visual memory of the deity to pray at home.
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