Since taking office last May, the Tamil Nadu government has reclaimed 432.82 acres of temple land, worth 1,628.61 crore, after removing encroachments, Governor RN Ravi told Wednesday. the assembly.
“I sincerely appreciate the government for taking proactive steps to protect temple grounds and effectively manage temple property,” he said. A publishing division of the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) would be established with state-of-the-art facilities to publish books on temple history and architecture, and Tamil literature, including Bhakti literature.
The governor said a campaign would be launched to preserve the rare palm-leaf manuscripts available in temples and mutts. Large temples would be encouraged to have kiosks where books on temple history, heritage, culture and Tamil language would be displayed.
Listing the actions taken, the governor said the government is providing 1,000 each as a monthly incentive to priests working in 12,959 temples under the “Oru Kaala Poojai” program.
“In a historic movement, making Thanthai Periyar’s dream come true [social reformer E.V. Ramasamy] and Muthamizh Arignar Kalaignar [former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi] that people of all castes could become archakas, this government had issued appointment orders to 58 trained archakas from different castes, ”Ravi said.
The government has also ordered that no charges be collected from people with disabilities for performing their marriages in temples and wedding halls belonging to temples, he said. Retired officials from the Archaeological Survey of India and the State Department of Archeology had been appointed archaeological advisers for the conservation, preservation and renovation of ancient temples under the supervision of the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Foundations .