The Mupperum Vizha i.e., dedication of the renovated steps of the Marudhamalai Subramania Swamy Temple and modern office building and the commencement of the Sudhai Pani works (for crafting and sculpting colourful images of the gods, goddess and mythological scenes) in the seven storeyed raja gopuram of the temple began on Friday.

Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) K.R. Periyakaruppan, Minister for Forests N. Selvaraj, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Nalla G. Palanisamy, Joint Commissioner of HR&CE, P.R. Ashok, Deputy Commissioner A. Veerabadhran along with trustees C.R. Ravichandran, R. Jagadeesan, V.R. Suganya Rajarathinam and M. Magudapathy took part in the function.

Speaking at a function organised at the temple, the HR&CE Minister K. R. Periakaruppan said that the DMK regime had done the maximum for the temples across the State. He noted that the DMK Government in the last four-and-a-half years had spent Rs. 540 crore for the renovation of temples across the State, whereas the AIADMK regime had spent on Rs. 147 crore.

This proved that the DMK regime was not an enemy of the Hindu religion. A number of temples across the State had been developed and renovated.

Respecting the sentiments of the devotees, the Government had declared a local holiday for Perur Temple Kumbabhishegam on Friday.

He asked the trustees and temple officials to complete the Rajagopuram works soon, so that the kumbabhishegam could be performed.

Forest Minister N. Selvaraj said that the DMK Government had done the maximum for the renovation and upkeep of temples in the State.

Mr.Nalla Palanisamy said that temple renovation works had been undertaken at a cost of Rs. 184.39 lakh and have been completed.

The works include widening of 20 steps and realignment of the 854 steps into 621 steps to reach the hillock at a cost of Rs. 26 lakh, and construction of a modern office room building with granite flooring and computers at a cost of Rs 33.5 lakhs.

Facilities

The other works completed include facilities at the temple school in Vadavalli, developments in the temple farm at Vadavalli, water outlet from sanctum sanctorum, renovation to rest house, staff quarters, decorative and art works on pillars and CFL bulbs and electrical works in sanctum sanctorum and artha mandapam.

The other works costing Rs. 168.73 lakh taken up now included decorative hand railings in the Rajagopural steps, retainer wall at car parking, compound wall for Vadavalli farm and construction of a 80,000-litre water sump.

The authorities have planned to complete all the works between March to May 2011 and to have the Kumbabisehgam at the earliest.

The Rajagopuram Sudhai Pani works are to be completed by March.

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