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‘25,000 acres temple land encroached’

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Rs. 13.3 crore released for maintenance of 13 temples in Warangal: Minister

Endowments Minister C. Ramachandraiah at the Thousand Pillar temple in Hanamkonda on Wednesday.- Photo: M. Murali
Endowments Minister C. Ramachandraiah at the Thousand Pillar temple in Hanamkonda on Wednesday.- Photo: M. Murali

About 25,000 acres belonging to various temples in the State is encroached and efforts are being made to clear the encroachments, said Endowments Minister C Ramachandraiah here on Wednesday.

In Warangal district, land belonging to nine temples was under encroachment and some in litigation for decades. The department plans to engage private lawyers to clear the litigation and secure the land. Several old temples which were located on hillocks were facing threat due to quarrying. The department plans to notify such temples to exempt them from quarrying.

There were 39,000 temples under the jurisdiction of Endowments Department across the State, the Minister said.

Majority of temples were suffering from lack of maintenance. For 13 temples in Warangal district, an amount of Rs. 13.3 crore was released for maintenance and restoration. Similarly, the Archaeology Department of Central government would be urged to restore the historic Thousand Pillar temple and reinstall the lost statues of Surya and Vishnu in the main sanctum and sanctorum.

Earlier in the day, the Minister held a review meeting with the executive officers of various temples in the district.

The Minister said all the details of each temple would be hosted on official website soon. The officers were urged to protect the valuable lands of the temples from encroachments and litigations. The tribunal of temples has given a verdict in favour of temples in seven districts giving 27.5 acres but no efforts were made to bring them back under the jurisdiction of Endowments Department.

The officers were asked to survey the land belonging to ancient Bhadrakali temple and make efforts to free the 10 acres of land under encroachments soon. He wanted them to prepare an inventory of the properties of 298 temples in the district.

Deputy commissioner Ramesh, Assistant Commissioner Rajeswar, Bhadrakali temple executive officer Anjani Devi, Thousand Pillar temple chief priest Gangu Upendra Sharma and other officials were present.


  • 39,000 temples in the State under the jurisdiction of Endowments Department

  • Centre urged to restore the historic Thousand Pillar temple

  • Details of temples will soon be uploaded on official website: Ramachandraiah



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