Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced that 1006 temples in the State would be renovated and consecration would be performed this year.
Making a Statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, she said as per 'aagama 'rules, temples have to be renovated and consecrated once in 12 years.
'In the last three years (after the AIADMK came to power for the third time), an unprecedented number of 5,351 temples were renovated and consecrations performed', she added.
'In the current year, 1,006 temples will be renovated and consecration will be performed', Jayalalithaa said.
Making a slew of announcements, the Chief Minister said based on the estimates submitted by a committee comprising archaeologists, the government will renovate and maintain the murals in the five-storeyed temple towers of the Naaraboonaathar Swamy temple at Thirupudaimaruthur in Tirunelveli district at a cost of Rs 1.42 crores.
She announced expansion of the Annadhanam scheme (free meals) to another 106 temples at a cost of Rs 3.87 crore.
Jayalalithaa also announced that temples in places inhabited by Adi Dravidars and Tribals would be renovated and consecrated this year. The government would provide a financial assistance of Rs 5.03 crore at the rate of Rs 50,000 each to the temples for the consecration.
She also announced a similar assitance to renovate 1,006 temples coming under the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments departments and located in villages.
Jayalalithaa also announced allocation of Rs 3.46 crore to construct 29 free meals centres in 16 temples in the State, besides allocating Rs 2.50 crore for purchasing basic items for performing poojas in 10,000 small temples in place inhabited by Adi Dravidars and Tribals.