What were the activities associated with Chola temples?

A Chola temple was not only a place of worship but also the hub of economic, social and cultural life. These temples often became the centre for settlements which grew around them. Temples were centre of craft production. Thus apart from the priests we find a number of people, who engaged in various activities, were associated with a Chola temple. They were – garland makers, cooks, sweepers, musicians, dancers, crafts people etc.