For administering religious institutions under Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, Non-Hereditary trustees are appointed to each temple. Board of trustees should consist of not less than three persons and not more than five persons. This Board should consist of members among whom one shall be from Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe and one shall be a woman. period of Trust Board is two years.


After completion of period of Trust Board to perform functions of Board of Trustees, a qualified person will be appointed as a Fit Person as interim arrangement till appointment of Board of Trustees, defined on powers stated above.


There are 4,78,282.76 acres of Dry. Wet and Manavari lands 22600 buildings and 33665 sites owned by religious institutions under control of this Department details are furnished below:

Nature of land Temple Lands Acres Mutt Lands in Acres Total Lands in Acres
Wet 1.83 0.21 2.04
Dry 2.18 0.35 2.53
Maanavari 0.21 NIL 0.21
Total 4.22 0.56 4.78

agriculture lands owned by Temples and Mutts are enjoyed by 1,23,729 lesses.


Revenue Courts are functioning at following places, to settle disputes, such as collection of arrears of rents, fixation of fair rent, evicting defaulters, etc between tenants who are cultivating temple lands and on record as per TamilNadu Cultivating Tenants Protection Act 1955 and Temple administration.

2.Tiruchirappalli 2.Kumbakonam
3. Mayiladuthurai 3.Salem
4.Thiruvarur 4.Tenkasi
6. Madurai  
7. Lalgudi  
8. Mannargudi  
9. Nagapattinam  
10. Tirunelveli  

Among the above Revenue Courts under the instructions of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma 4 Revenue Courts at Laigudi, Mannargudi, Nagapattinam and Tirunelveli have been formed during the year 2012-2013 and are functioning.

16,770 cases have been filed before above Courts relating to arrears. Out of this 10,111 cases have been settled. An amount of Rs.24.13 crore has been ordered to be paid to temples by Revenue Coruts. 6,659 cases are still pending before Courts. Lease rent arrears Rs.3.02 crore Amount collected. Necessary steps are taken for speedy disposal of pending cases relating to lease of temple lands pending before Revenue Courts.


For fixing fair rent to buildings and sites belonging to temples, provisions have been made in Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act. To fix fair rents as per above provision, a Fair Rent Fixing Committee consisting of Joint Commissioner, Executive Officer/Trustee/Chairman, Board of Trustee and District Registrar of Registration Department is constituted and fair rent is fixed by Committee. Fair rent is fixed for sites and buildings, used as commercial and residential belonging to temples.

In order to set right set back noticed in intervening period in fixing and collecting fair rent, steps are being taken for fixing fair rent of properties belonging to all religious institutions through Fair Rent Fixation Committee at earliest for enhancing income.


During process of implementation of settlement updating registry (U.D.R), pattas of lands belonging to Hindu Religious Institution lands got transferred in name of private individuals incorrectly. To rectify this, two District Revenue Officers have been posted as Special Officers at Madurai and Coimbatore as Headquarters for two districts.

Steps have been taken through for rectifying defects relating to lands of Hindu Religious Institutions in records of Revenue Department.


Steps have been taken to regularize persons who have encroached upon temple lands in groups and living for a long time (more than 30 years) as tenants subject to certain conditions.

Subject to following conditions, provisions have been made in Government Order for regularizing group encroachers:

  • Land should have been used as residential for a long time (more than 30 years),
  • Fair rent fixed as per Government order should be agreed.
  • Arrears of rent should be paid in twelve equal monthly installments.
  • Ten months rent should be paid as donation.
  • Rent fixation should be effected from 01.07.1998.