The “Samaya Noolagam” (library containing Hindu religious books) operating in the Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple has been given a makeover and other books have been added to its existing collections, thanks to the contribution of some donors.
The library with a collection of books in Tamil, Sanskrit and English will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Tuesday with an hour break between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The temple authorities who run the library have provided chairs and tables inside for worshipers to read the books of their choice in addition to the new almirahs to keep the books safe.
Temple staff were assigned to manage the library during the specified hours and provide the books as needed by the worshipers and keep them inside the almirahs. The renovation of the temple library was given following an announcement made by the Hindu Minister of Religious and Charitable Endowments to the Legislative Assembly a few months ago that “Samaya Noolagams” in temples across the state would be improved.
In the first phase, upgrades are made to 10 temples – Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Temple, Palani, Arulmigu Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Temple, Tiruchendur, Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswarammina Swamamaly Swam Temple and Arthaamaly Swamy.
Devotees would be given books of their choice to read in the library itself. The books were not intended for circulation. Temple officials said the space inside the library had been expanded as part of the renovation to accommodate 40 readers at a time.
The library functions in a mandapam at ‘ul manal veli’ inside the temple premises. The library has been closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has now been reopened after renovating it, temple officials say.
The library has a collection of around 3,000 Hindu religious books on various subjects. Books on ‘Naalayira Divya Prabhandham,’ Srimad Bhagavatham ‘,’ Brahma Suthram ‘,’ Yajur Veda ‘,’ Vaishnava Aagamam ‘, Saint Ramanuja,’ Sriman Narayaneeyam ‘,’ Atharvana Veda ‘,’ Panchadasi ‘Geeth’, ‘Divaiyadesa Manimaima .
A religious organization and some worshipers donated books to the temple library, adding to its existing collection, temple officials said. Temple officials say donors could donate more books to the library to increase its collection.