Govt. extends annadhanam scheme to 18 more temples

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The annadhanam scheme has been extended to 18 more temples in the Tiruchi region comprising Tiruchi, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai districts on the orders of the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa.

The scheme is already being implemented in 20 temples in the region. The scheme would be extended to the following temples from January 14: Naganathaswamy Temple, Nandhi Kovil Street, Panchavarnaswamy Temple, Woraiyur, Anjaneyaswamy Temple, Kallukuzhi, Kamalavalli Nachiar Temple, Woraiyur, Ujjaini Om Kaliamman Temple, Samayapuram, Adhi Mariamman Temple, Inam Samayapuram, Mariamman Temple, Anbil, Saptharishiswarar Temple, Lalgudi, Prasanna Venkatachalapathi Temple, Thuraiyur, Madurakaliamman Temple, Thottiyam, Mariamman Temple, Manapparai, Kanni Mariamman Temple, Veerappur, Kadambavaneswarar Temple, Kadambarkovil, Balasubramaniaswamy Temple, Vennaimalai, Sellandiamman Temple, Noyyal, Muthumariamman Temple, Thirvappur, Veerama Kaliamman Temple, Aranthangi, and Ekambeswarar-Dhandayudhapani Temple, Chettikulam.

About 100 persons would be provided free lunch at the temples every day. Members of the public could create a permanent endowment by paying Rs.15,000.

The sum would be kept in fixed deposits and the proceeds utilised for feeding the poor under the scheme. They could also contribute Rs.1,200 towards a day's expenditure for the scheme. Contributions made to the scheme are eligible for Income Tax exemption.

Special moral classes would also be organised on Sundays for children in all the above temples, according to a press released from the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments.

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