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ROPE CARS :


Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma ordered for introducing the first Rope Car facility in South India in Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple, Palani at an estimated cost of Rs.4 crore to facilitate differently abled persons, senior citizens, sick persons, for the families coming with small children and others to easily get transported to the hill temple and to receive the blessings of God. This Rope car was commissioned by Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma on 03.11.2004 and dedicated for the use of the devotees. The introduction of Rope Car facility was much welcomed and received appreciation from the devotees. Hence, Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma ordered for introducing another Rope Car. Steps are being taken to implement an additional Rope Car in Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple, Palani and a Rope Car in Arulmigu Lakshimi Narashimhaswamy temple, Sholingar with modern technology.

THIRUPPANI :


There are several holy abodes in Tamil Nadu adored by Alwars and Nayanmars through their hymns. Renovation is inevitable for better preservation and protection of small temples located by rural sides, located at the habitats where people belonging to Scheduled Caste and Backward classes reside and temples of ancient and historical importance

Bearing this in mind, renovations are carried out for temples from the following financial sources:

1. Public donation
2. Own funds of the temples
3. Diversion of surplus funds from the affluent temples
4. Government grant
5. Common Good Fund
6. Temple Development Fund
7. Village Temple Renovation Fund
8. Temple Renovation and Charitable Fund
9. Renovation works carried out by donors
10.Central Government's Finance Commission Fund
11.Renovation for the temples situated in the habitations of Adi dravida and tribal people
12.Tourism Department Fund

i.PUBLIC CONTRIBUTION :

Most of the renovation works of the temples are carryout with the donations made wholeheartedly by persons interested in spiritual thoughts and Hindu religion, Industrialists, wealthy people, Private Institutions and the public.

ii.OWN FUNDS OF THE TEMPLES :

Most of the renovation works are carried out from the funds of the respective temples.

iii.DIVERSION OF SURPLUS FUNDS :

Under Section 36 of the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, funds are diverted from the surplus funds of affluent temples to needy temples for the purpose of renovation.

iv.GOVERNMENT GRANT :

Every year Rs.3 crore is allocated for the repair and renovation of temples as Government grant.

v.COMMON GOOD FUND

Provision has been made for the creation of "Common Good Fund" in the designation of Commissioner under Section 97 of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act from the contributions received from the Religious Institutions and voluntary donations received from the individuals. The financial assistance received for the Common Good Fund is utilized for the maintenance and renovation of temples.

vi.TEMPLE DEVELOPMENT FUND :

A Corpus of Rs. 8 crore has been created from the surplus funds of affluent temples. From the interest accrued, funds are allotted for the renovations and repairs of ancient temples, temples sung by Nayanmars and Alwars and for the temples having ancient historical and archaeological importance.

vii.VILLAGE TEMPLES RENOVATION FUND :

As a permanent measure for the Village Temple Renovation, a Corpus Fund of Rs.2 crore has been created from the surplus funds of Arulmighu Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple, Palani. From the interest accrued to give financial assistance for the renovation of small temples under the control of this Department as a permanent measure the "Village Temples Renovation Scheme" has been created. Through this Scheme Rs.25,000/- is given as financial assistance per temple.

viii.TEMPLE RENOVATION AND CHARITABLE FUND :

With the noble object to preserve the ancient, traditional and cultural values of the temples, Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma on 05.08.1991,created a fund namely "The Chief Minister's Temple Renovation and Maintenance Fund" with a sum of Rs.1,00,008/- from the personal fund of Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma. Further, donations were received for this fund from philanthropists and the general public. Later this fund has been renamed as 'Temple Renovation and Charitable Fund'. This fund is being utilised for the renovation of ancient temples.

ix.RENOVATION BY DONORS :

It is also in practice that temple renovations are being carried out voluntarily by devotees as donor work subject to the supervision of this Department.

x.FINANCE COMMISSION FUND :

The 12th Finance Commission provided financial aid of Rs. 9.87 crore for the ancient temples of heritage value for the renovation to be carried without changing their antiquity. This fund has been utilised for the renovation of 46 temples. A financial aid of Rs.22.50 crore is allocated for the renovation of 89 temples through the 13th Finance Commission of the Central Government for this financial year. Steps have been taken for the proper utilization of this fund to renovate ancient temples without changing their antiquity.

xi.RENOVATION OF THE TEMPLES IN THE HABITATIONS OF ADI DRAVIDA AND TRIBAL PEOPLE :

With the assistance of funds received from the surplus funds of the affluent temples, a financial assistance of Rs.25,000/- per temple is given for the renovation of small temples situated in the habitations of Adi Dravida and Tribal people.

xii.TOURISM DEPARTMENT FUND :

Tourism Department is contributing a portion as financial assistance for providing necessary basic amenities like toilets, bathrooms, dormitories , drinking water facilities, information centers, approach roads, highmast lamps, cloak rooms and provision of lawns and parking facilities required for the devotees visiting temples. Steps are being taken for providing facilities for devotees as well as tourists by utilizing this fund along with the temple contributions.

THIRUKUDAMUZHUKU


As per Aagamas Thirukudamuzhuku ought to be performed every 12 years in every temple after renovations. Generally temples are classified as below and renovation works are carried out and Thirukudamuzhuku is performed :

1) Temples sung and praised by Alwars and Nayanmars in their hymns.

2) Temples which are historically and archaeologically important.

3) Temples popular for fulfilling vows. (Prarthanas)

4) Small temples situated in the villages and in the habitations of Adi Dravida, Tribals and Backward class people.

In Tamil Nadu, there are several temples famous as once praised in their hyms by Alwars and Nayanmars and temples ancient and historically important. After this Government took charge, Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma has ordered to renovate these temples and perform Thirukudamuzhuku and also to perform renovation and Thirukudamuzhuku for 1006 temples this year and action is being taken expeditiously.

RAIN WATER HARVESTING AND RENOVATION OF TEMPLE TANKS


The Rain Water Harvesting Scheme, announced in his Excellency the Governor's Speech in the year 2002-2003 as one of the scheme of Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalavi Amma has been implemented properly with regard to temple tanks. There are 38,481 Temples and Religious Institutions under the control of the H.R.&.C.E. Department. Among these, there are 2359 holy tanks in 1586 temples. Out of these 1291 holy tanks are in good condition. The remaining 1,068 holy tanks require to be repaired and rain water harvesting to be implemented. There was setback in implementing this scheme during the last few years. After this Government took charge the following steps have been taken to revive this Scheme.

1) Removing encroachments inside and outside the temple tanks

2) Building Compound walls or fencing the temple tanks

3) Desilting and deepening the tanks

4) Relaying the steps of the temple tanks

5) Providing drains for rain water to flow into the temple tanks

GOLDEN CARS AND SILVER CARS


It is a customary practice that the devotees visiting temples to fulfill their owes to pull the golden or silver car mounted with the deity. At present there are 51 temples having Golden Cars and 38 temples having Silver Cars in use.

TEMPLES HAVING GOLDEN CARS :

1
Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple, Palani.
2
Arulmigu Kandaswamy temple, Poonga Nagar, Chennai.
3
Arulmigu Vadapalaniandavar temple, Vadapalani.
4
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Tiruttani.
5
Arulmigu Devi Karumariamman temple, Tiruverkadu.
6
Arulmigu Swaminathaswamy temple, Swamimalai.
7
Arulmigu Vaithyanathaswamy temple, Vaitheeswarankoil.
8
Arulmigu Vinayagar temple, Echanari, Coimbatore.
9
Arulmigu Mariamman temple, Samyapuram, Trichy.
10
Arulmigu Meenakshisundareswarar temple, Madurai.
11
Arulmigu Sankaranarayanaswamy temple, Sankarankoil.
12
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Tiruchendur.
13
Arulmigu Vanamamalai Perumal temple, Nanguneri.
14
Arulmigu Kamatchiamman temple, Kancheepuram.
15
Arulmigu Balamurugan temple, Rathinagiri.
16
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Sivanmalai.
17
Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar temple, Mylapore.
18
Arulmigu Kamakshiamman temple, Mangadu.
19
Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy temple, Rameswaram.
20
Arulmigu Madurakaliamman temple, Siruvachur.
21
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Maruthamalai.
22
Arulmigu Bannarimariamman temple, Bannari.
23
Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar temple, Tiruvannamalai.
24
Arulmigu Maruntheeswarar temple, Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai.
25
Arulmigu Velayuthaswamy temple, Thindalmalai, Erode.
26
Arulmigu Ananda Padmanathaswamy temple, Adayar, Chennai.
27
Arulmigu Karunellinathaswamy temple, Tiruthangal, Sivakasi.
28
Arulmigu Mundagakaniamman temple, Mylapore, Chennai.
29
Arulmigu Venkatachalapathiswamy temple, Uppiliappankoil, Kumbakonam.
30
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Tiruparankundram.
31
Arulmigu Mariamman temple, Karur.
32
Arulmigu Thandumariamman temple, Coimbatore.
33
Arulmigu Chandrasudeswarar temple, Hosur.
34
Arulmigu Jambukeswarar and Akilandeswariamman temple, Tiruvanaikaval.
35
Arulmigu Aanjaneyaswamy temple, Namakal.
36
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Pachaimalai, Gopichettipayalayam.
37
Arulmigu Vettudaiyar Kaliamman temple, Ariyakurchi.
38
Arulmigu Nelliappar Gandhimathiamman temple, Tirunelveli.
39
Arulmigu Kannudaiya Nayagiamman temple, Nattarasankottai, Sivagangai.
40
Arulmigu Arthanareeswarar temple, Tiruchengode, Salem.
41
Arulmigu Vekkaliamman temple, Uraiyur, Trichy.
42
Arulmigu Sugavaneswarar temple, Salem.
43
Arulmigu Kottaimariamman temple, Salem.
44
Arulmigu Murugan temple, Solaimalai Mandapam (Alagarkoil), Madurai.
45
Arulmigu Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple, Sholingar, Vellore.
46
Arulmigu Thyagarajaswamy temple, Tiruvotriyur, Tiruvallur.
47
Arulmigu Kottaimariamman temple, Dindigul.
48
Arulmigu Angalaparameswari temple, Melmalaiyanur, Villpuram.
49
Arulmigu Kondathukaliamman temple, Pariyur, Erode.
50
Arulmigu Kandaswamy temple, Tiruporur, Chenglepet, Kancheepuram .
51
Arulmigu Masaniamman temple, Aanaimalai, Coimbatore.

TEMPLES HAVING SILVER CARS :

1
Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple, Palani.
2
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Tiruchendur.
3
Arulmigu Meenakshisundareswar temple, Madurai.
4
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Tiruttani.
5
Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy temple, Rameswaram.
6
Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar temple, Tiruvannamalai.
7
Arulmigu Swaminathaswamy temple, Swamimalai.
8
Arulmigu Nellaiyappar Gandhimathiamman temple, Tirunelveli.
9
Arulmigu Padaleeswarar temple, Tirupathiripuliyur.
10
Arulmigu Vaithyanathaswamy temple, Vaitheeswarankoil.
11
Arulmigu Chattanathaswamy temple, Sirkali.
12
Arulmigu Mayuranathaswamy temple, Mayiladuthurai.
13
Arulmigu Mariamman , Angalamman temple, Pollachi.
14
Arulmigu Prasanna Vinayagar temple, Udumalaipettai.
15
Arulmigu Devi Karumariamman temple, Tiruverkadu.
16
Arulmigu Kolanjiappar temple, Manavalanallur.
17
Arulmigu Ekambaranathar temple, Kancheepuram.
18
Arulmigu Kamatchiamman temple, Kancheepuram.
19
Arulmigu Muthukumaraswamy temple, Park Town, Chennai.
20
Arulmigu Tiruvenkadamudayan temple, Ariyakurichi.
21
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Kundrakudi.
22
Arulmigu Meenakshisundareswarar temple, Keelasevelpatti.
23
Arulmigu Kannudaiya Nayagiamman temple, Natarasankottai.
24
Arulmigu Koppudaya Nayagiamman temple, Karaikudi.
25
Arulmigu Nagarasivan (A) Meenakshisundareswarar temple, Devakottai.
26
Arulmigu Muthumariamman temple, Konnaiyur, Tirumayam taluk
27
Arulmigu Aruthra Kapaleeswarar temple, Erode Town.
28
Arulmigu Sangameswarar temple, Bhavani.
29
Arulmigu Palaniandavar temple, Bhavani.
30
Arulmigu Balasubramaniaswamy temple, Aayakudi, Tirunelveli.
31
Arulmigu Madurakaliamman temple, Thottiyam.
32
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Neyveli, Panrutti.
33
Arulmigu Veyuluku Uganda Vinayagar temple, Uppur, Ramanathapuram.
34
Arulmigu Soundararajaperumal temple, Dindigul.
35
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Kumarakottam, Kancheepuram.
36
Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy temple, Ettukudi, Nagapattinam.
37
Arulmigu Ekambareswarar and Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple, Chettikulam, Perambalur.
38
Arulmigu Muthumariamman temple, Karaikudi, Nagar and Taluk, Sivagangai.

MAINTENANCE AND PRESERVATION OF TEMPLE WOODEN CARS :


There are 989 Wooden Cars in 809 temples under the control of this Department. To repair 241 Cars at the estimate of Rs.11.17 crore a corpus was created from the surplus funds of financially affluent temples in February 2006. As a result of this, 91 Temple Cars have been repaired and renovated. At present 686 Temple Cars are in good condition. Repair works of 25 Cars in the remaining 303 Cars are being carried out. Remaining 278 Cars are to be repaired. Steps are being taken for repairing them. In order to safeguard the Temple Cars, steps have been taken to provide roofs which are fire proof, wheels and axles made of steel and to insure them. Due to this, steps have been taken to conduct Car Festivals which were stopped and to safeguard the Cars.

CHARTERED ENGINEERS :


In order to avoid delay in the preparation of estimates for renovation works of temples, retired engineers of the Public Works Department and the Highways Department have been approved as panel engineers. The approved panel engineers prepare drawings, estimates and do similar works necessary for the renovation of temples.

STHAPATHIS :


To ensure that the temple renovations are carried out in accordance with the standards prescribed in Aagama and Silpa Sasthra, persons practising this art, learnt traditionally from their ancestors and those possessing a degree or a diploma in sculptural arts have been approved as Sthapathis.