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ROPE CARS :


Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma ordered for introducing 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 families coming with small children and ors to easily get transported to hill temple and to receive blessings of God. This Rope car was commissioned by Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma on 03.11.2004 and dedicated for use of devotees. introduction of Rope Car facility was much welcomed and received appreciation from devotees. Hence, Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma ordered for introducing anor 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 :


re are several holy abodes in Tamil Nadu adored by Alwars and Nayanmars through ir hymns. Renovation is inevitable for better preservation and protection of small temples located by rural sides, located at 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 following financial sources:

1. Public donation
2. Own funds of temples
3. Diversion of surplus funds from 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 temples situated in habitations of Adi dravida and tribal people
12.Tourism Department Fund

i.PUBLIC CONTRIBUTION :

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

ii.OWN FUNDS OF TEMPLES :

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

iii.DIVERSION OF SURPLUS FUNDS :

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

iv.GOVERNMENT GRANT :

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

v.COMMON GOOD FUND

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

vi.TEMPLE DEVELOPMENT FUND :

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

vii.VILLAGE TEMPLES RENOVATION FUND :

As a permanent measure for Village Temple Renovation, a Corpus Fund of Rs.2 crore has been created from surplus funds of Arulmighu Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple, Palani. From interest accrued to give financial assistance for renovation of small temples under control of this Department as a permanent measure "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 noble object to preserve ancient, traditional and cultural values of temples, Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma on 05.08.1991,created a fund namely " Chief Minister's Temple Renovation and Maintenance Fund" with a sum of Rs.1,00,008/- from personal fund of Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma. Furr, donations were received for this fund from philanthropists and general public. Later this fund has been renamed as 'Temple Renovation and Charitable Fund'. This fund is being utilised for 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 supervision of this Department.

x.FINANCE COMMISSION FUND :

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

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

With assistance of funds received from surplus funds of affluent temples, a financial assistance of Rs.25,000/- per temple is given for renovation of small temples situated in 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 devotees visiting temples. Steps are being taken for providing facilities for devotees as well as tourists by utilizing this fund along with 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 ir hymns.

2) Temples which are historically and archaeologically important.

3) Temples popular for fulfilling vows. (Prarthanas)

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

In Tamil Nadu, re are several temples famous as once praised in ir 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 se 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


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

1) Removing encroachments inside and outside temple tanks

2) Building Compound walls or fencing temple tanks

3) Desilting and deepening tanks

4) Relaying steps of temple tanks

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

GOLDEN CARS AND SILVER CARS


It is a customary practice that devotees visiting temples to fulfill ir owes to pull golden or silver car mounted with deity. At present re 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, Vaieswarankoil.
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 Maruneswarar 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, Vaieswarankoil.
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 :


re are 989 Wooden Cars in 809 temples under control of this Department. To repair 241 Cars at estimate of Rs.11.17 crore a corpus was created from 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 remaining 303 Cars are being carried out. Remaining 278 Cars are to be repaired. Steps are being taken for repairing m. In order to safeguard Temple Cars, steps have been taken to provide roofs which are fire proof, wheels and axles made of steel and to insure m. Due to this, steps have been taken to conduct Car Festivals which were stopped and to safeguard Cars.

CHARTERED ENGINEERS :


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

STHAPATHIS :


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