1000 years ago, Ramanujacharya re-established this system of raising above the differences in society (religion, caste, creed, colour, gender etc) and making temple the one place where everyone is taught to be seen as equals. No matter if it is the President of a nation or a pauper on a street, both bow down to the lotus feet of God, right?! Temples remind us everyday that all are equal in the eyes of God and we all hail from a common source. This enables one to support each other just like family members do!
A temple keeps the society alive focusing on the goal of life, source of existence,playing dramas depicting history, importance of ethical values, and more. In olden days: dance, music, pottery, painting, sculpting etc were taught in temples and were presented to the society, glorifying the greatness of God and our role. Our scriptures taught us about the self, nature and God very vividly. This preserved the joy of togetherness. Remember, the differences in caste and creed etc existed even then – just like the differences between each family member, but they all collectively worked for a higher purpose!