Irregularities at temple set right: Devaswom

Staff Reporter

Cochin Devaswom plans rest house at Varanasi

Temple counter issues receipt for each payment

Thrissur: Cochin Devaswom Board president T.G. Ravi on Monday said that the board had set right some of the irregularities in Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that offering and sale of ‘Sreechakram’, ‘Sudarsana Chakram’, ‘Japicha Elassu’ and ‘Japicha Charadu’ were streamlined with effect from November 17.

Rs.24-lakh revenue

“The temple counter issues receipts for each payment for related pujas. An amount of Rs.24 lakh has been collected in the past one month in this connection.”

Mr. Ravi said the board would construct a rest house on 17.5 cents it had recovered at Varanasi.

The board dropped its move to sell the land and a building in Varanasi to the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Mr. Ravi said.

The former board committee had entered into an agreement with the Peetam to transfer the land and properties at Rs.12 lakh.

Advance paid

An advance of Rs.6 lakh was received from the Peetam.

The Devaswom Ministry later criticised the move, maintaining the primary task of the board was to preserve temples and their properties and not to sell them.

The board then initiated talks with the Peetam. Authorities of the Peetam agreed to cancel the pact if the advance amount was repaid.

Work on the rest house would begin on January 15, Mr. Ravi said.

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