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TEMPLES AND TAMIL :


Alwars, Nayanmars and holy Ascetics had ir worship sung in praise of Deities of places visited by m only in classical Tamil. varam, Thiruvasagam, Thirumandiram, Thirupugazh, Naalayira Divya Prabandam, etc rendered by such saintly souls nourished holy people, have helped for healthy development of Tamil language.

BASIC AMENITIES FOR DEVOTEES :


    I. Drinking water facility

    Steps have been taken for providing clean and hygienic drinking water for devotees visiting temples and for providing clean and purified drinking water at necessary locations.

    II. Toilet facilities

    Steps are being taken to provide separate modern toilet facilities for gents and ladies visiting temples.

    III. Staying facilities

    Steps are being taken in interest of large number of devotees visiting temples for providing adequate accommodation facilities such as cottages, rooms, dormitories, cloak rooms, and parking lot.

    IV. Maintaining cleanliness in temples

    For maintaining cleanliness in temples, house-keeping is entrusted to private agencies on contract basis.

SAFETY OF ICONS AND VALUABLES :


To safeguard icons and valuable articles of temples, safety measures are adopted such as installation of burglar alarms, tell-tale clocks, inner locking system, fixing iron gates. Closed Circuit Televisions, appointment of Night Watchmen and appointment of personnel from Temple Protection Force. In order to protect valuable icons of temples having inadequate protection facility. “Icon Centres” have been built in following temples.

Details of Icon Centres :


  • Icon Centre, Thiruvarur (Arulmighu Thiyagarajaswamy Temple Campus)
  • Arulmighu Agilandeshwari and Jambugeshwarar Temple, Thiruvanaikkaval, Tichy.
  • Arulmighu Nellayyappar Gandhimadhiamman Temple, Tirunelveli
  • Arulmighu Sugavaneswarar temple, Salem.
  • Arulmighu Muthumariamman Temple, Gandhinagar, Vellore.
  • Arulmighu Arunachaleswarar Temple. Thiruvannamalai.
  • Arulmighu Egambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram
  • Arulmighu Padaleeswarar Temple, Thiruppadhiripuliyur, Cuddalore.
  • Arulmighu Nageswaraswamy Temple, Kumbakonam
  • Arulmighu Patteeswaraswamy Temple, Perur, Coimbatore
  • Arulmighu Bragathambal Temple, Thirukokarnam, Pudhukkottai
  • Arulmighu Thiruvappudaiyur Temple, Chellur, Madurai
  • Arulmighu Sundraraja perumal Temple, Sivagangai
  • Arulmighu Thiyagarajaswamy Temple, Thiruvarur (Additional centre)
  • Arulmighu Thiyagarajaswamy Temple Thiruvotriyur
  • Arulmighu Subramaniaswamy Temple, Thiruthani
  • Arulmighu Kaliamman Temple, Adhiyamankottai, Dharmapuri
  • Arulmighu Anjaneyaswamy Temple, Villupuram
  • Arulmighu Nachiyar (Andal) Temple, Srivilliputhur, Virudhunagar

TEMPLE PROTECTION FORCE :


A seperate Wing namely “Temple Protection Force” has been formed for protecting icons, jewels, hundials and valuables in temples. Sanction was accorded for appointing 1000 Grade II Police Constables and 3000 Ex-Servicemen in this Force. In year 2005-2006, 1000 Grade II Constables and 2571 Ex-servicemen were serving in Temple Protection Force. Since adequate interest in safety of temples was not shown in past years, this number has come down to 717 Grade II constables and 1806 Ex-servicemen. Steps are being taken to compensate reduction of personnel in this wing.

WORSHIP IN TAMIL :


To regulate and encourage worship in Tamil in temples, "Potri" (Archanai) books have been published.

FESTIVALS HONOURING TAMIL SAVANTS :


    i. Sekkizhar Vizha

    Sekkizhar Festival is celebrated as a Government function every year at his birth place, Kunrathur near Chennai, by Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department. For celebrating above festival annually, on birthday of Saint Sekkizhar, a sum of Rs.5 lakh obtained from surplus funds of temple has been kept as corpus fund and interest obtained is utilized. In Arulmighu Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore, every year during month of August, "Panniru Thirumurai Vizha" and Sekkizhar Vizha are celebrated for 12 days.

    ii. Thirugnanasambandar Isai Vizha :

    To honour Saint Thirugnanasambandar, one of religious savants, Thirugnanasambandar isai vizha is celebrated every year at Arulmigu Vedagirieeswarar temple, Thirukazhukundram, on behalf of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department. expenses for this festival is met from Commissioner's Common Good Fund.

    iii. Avvai Vizha

    A temple for Tamil poetess and savant Avvayar is situated at Thulasiyappattinam village, Vedaranyam, Nagappatinam District, in temple premises of Arulmigu Visvanathaswamy Thirukoil. Avvayar Vizha is celebrated every year in month of Panguni on Sadhayam star day.

    iv. Thaiyumanavar Vizha

    Thayumanava Adigal, who gave prime place to philosophy in all his verses of Bhakthi disciplines, was attracted by Mouna Gurusamy of Thirumoolar lineage on his way back after worshipping Dakshinamoorthy at Arulmigu Thayumanaswamy Temple, Malaikkottai. Every year a festival of Thayumanava Adigal, who rendered Tamil language verses with rich knowledge of spirituality is celebrated at Arulmigu Thayumanaswamy temple at Malaikkottai, Tiruchirappalli.

    v. Thiruvalluvar Vizha

    Thiruvalluvar Vizha is celebrated in Arulmigu Thiruvalluvar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai on "Thiruvalluvar Day" every year on 2nd day of Tamil month "Thai" believed to be birthday of Divine Poet Thiruvalluvar, who is revered world wide.

    vi. Arunagirinadhar Vizha

    Arulalar Arunagirinadhar Mukthiperu Vizha is celebrated in Arulmigu Arunachaleshwarar Temple, Thiruvannamalai to honour saint Arunagirinadhar, on "Kettai" star in month of Avani every year.

    vii. Kochenkatchozha Nayanar Vizha

    Kochenkatchozha Nayanar Vizha is celebrated at Arulmigu Jambukeswarar Akilandeswari Temple, Thiruvaanikaval, Tiruchirappalli district every year on "Sathayam" star in month of Masi, birthday of Kochenkatchozha, one among 63 Nayanmars.

    viii. Festival of Alwars

    Every year, 'Alwars' festival for all 12 'Alwars' on "Thiruvonam" star in month of 'Aippasi' , birth star of Poigai Alwar in Arulmigu Renganathaswamy temple, Srirangam, Trichy District.

    ix. Festivals for Alwars & Nayanmars

    Festivals are celebrated every year on birthday or day of attaing salvation in honour of all Nayanmars and Alwars who composed Thirumurai such as Devaram, Thiruvasagam and Prabandam in Divine Tamil language in ir respective abodes.

THALAVARALARU AND THALAPURANAM :


Thalavaralaru and Thalapuranam are published by every temple enabling public to know heritage, history, importance, Puranas, architecture, inscriptions and importance of worship of temple concerned. For temples which do not have any historical or puranic importance, pamphlets are printed and published enlightening importance of worship in m. After this Government took charge, steps are taken to remove slackness in this, by republishing and renewing Thalavaralaru and Thalapuranam.

PILGRIMS GUIDE :


Enabling tourists and pilgrims to know about temples in important regions and towns, pilgrims guides have been published containing essential details of various temples located in and around towns of Kancheepuram, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Trichy, Pudukkottai, Karur, Perambalur, Madurai, Dindigul, ni, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Sivagangai and Ramanathapuram. This activity was abandoned in intervening period. After this Government took charge, steps have been taken for republishing existing and publishing new tourist guides, since this serves as a useful guide for devotees and tourists.

PUBLISHING AAGAMAS AND OR BOOKS IN TAMIL :


In order to facilitate everyone to understand Aagama Sastra books, which are in Sanskrit, y are translated in Tamil and published. In first phase, books "Uthara Kamiga Aagamam", "Alaya Nirmana Bimbalakshana Silpa nool" and "Kumara Thantram" have been translated in Tamil and published. Furr, Tamil books like "Indhu Matha Inaippu Vilakkam" and "Saivamum Vainavamum" have been reprinted and published. Steps have been taken for reprinting above books and also to publish new books as per need.

SPECIAL WORSHIP AND COMMON FEAST :


Every year a common feast and special worship is organized in affluent temples on Independence Day and Perairgnar Anna Memorial Day, enabling participation of people from various levels of society.

KOSAALAS :


Integrated Kosaalas were formed in four places viz., Palani, Thiruchendur, Trichy and Rameswaram. Surplus cattle received by temples as donation are given freely to Women Self-Help Groups and to Archakas and Poosaris working in temples.

THIRUKKOIL MONTHLY MAGAZINE :


A monthly magazine namely Thirukkoil is being published since 1958 by Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department. Since 2004, this magazine is being published attractively with useful articles by eminent writers. This magazine is published attractively with a fresh glow eliminating setback noticed during recent past.