Special Correspondent

Project to cost Rs. 5 crore; GO to be issued shortly

  • Rs. 4 crore for renovating Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy, Yoga Anjaneyar temples
  • `Kumbabhishekam' of 500 temples performed in last nine months

    VELLORE: A rope car system will be installed at a cost of Rs. 5 crore to enable aged and infirm devotees to reach the Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple atop the hills in Sholinghur, according to Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments K.R. Periyakaruppan.

    Inaugurating the renovation works at a cost of Rs. 4 crore at the Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple and the Yoga Anjaneyar Temple atop two adjacent hills in Sholinghur on Wednesday, Mr. Periyakaruppan said that the Government Order for the rope car system would be issued shortly and the contract awarded soon. Responding to the request of Ranipet MLA R. Gandhi for the allotment of funds for the renovation works at the Perumal Temple in Thirupparkadal, the Minister said that he had instructed the authorities to allot Rs.10 lakh. He appreciated Mr. Gandhi's gesture in having donated Rs.20 lakh from his personal funds for the renovation. Mr. Periyakaruppan said that unlike other departments, which got substantial financial allocations, no funds were allocated for his department. But finance had been no constraint for the renovation of temples since the works were undertaken mostly with funds donated by philanthropists and devotees. In the last nine months since the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government took over, the department had issued orders and carried out `kumbabhishekam' of 500 temples.

    Referring to the demand of Sholinghur MLA Arul Anbarasu to give priority to the workers who carried aged and infirm persons in "dholies" to the temple, since they were aggrieved that they would be rendered jobless, he assured the MLA that the Government would redress their grievance.

    The Minister said that the HR & CE department proposed to admit 40 students for the one-year certificate course in each of the six archakas' training schools to be started in the State four for Saivaite temples and two for Vaishnavaite temples. The trainees, who would be from all castes, would be provided free food, accommodation, training and a stipend of Rs.500 a month.

    T. Pichandi, Commissioner, HR & CE Department said that the Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple was being renovated after a gap of 40 years. The department would post the details of the renovation works on its website, he said. Vellore Collector Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, Superintendent of Police M. Ashok Kumar and president of the Sholinghur town panchayat A.P. Gopikrishna spoke. G. Pakkirisamy, Joint Commissioner, HR & CE, Vellore welcomed.