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No. 31, Kamarajar salai

Assistant Commissioner
No. 31, Kamarajar salai
District Collectorate

TourismBoat on Fishing Plays a Key Economy for the District even though Agriculture and Fishing are the Major ones. Shrines, Places of Hindu Faith, Mosques forms the Spritual Tourism for the district. Annual Festivals and functions marks glory of the Year. Heritages like Tarangam padi Fort, Poompuhar speaks of the rich civilization of this land.  

OneAgriculture Field of the major economies of the District, Agriculture contributes a higher share of Rice Production in the State. We have raised so many important agricultural crop in our District. Rice, Groundnut, Pulses, Gingelly, Sugarcane and Cotton.  

hindu religious establishments and charitable endownments department



"Person providing food are hailed as persons providing lives" - Thus insists and instructs 'Purananooru' great Tamil classical literature of Sangam age that dates before 2,000 years.

Above noble and novel scheme, was inaugurated by our Hon'ble Chief Minister on 23.3.2002 at Mylapore Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar temple by serving food with Hon'ble Chief Minister . This scheme was implemented in 63 temples in first phase. After that, this scheme was extended to 360 temples in seven stages in a phased manner. Later the Scheme was extened to cover 518 temples. Our religious Saints and scholars have ever been stressing significance of Annadhanam since ancient times that fact that providing Annadhanam is best of all gestures of donations. Knowing this, and providing life, people from common man to millionaire are contributing this scheme.

An account was opened in Commissioner designation exclusively for Annadhanam scheme. A sum of Rs.3.27 crore was collected and deposited in this account. From surplus funds of affluent temples, a sum of Rs.20 crore was deposited as a permanent investment exclusively for this scheme. Now this amount has accumulated to Rs.26.99 crore.

Interest accured from this fund is being distributed to temples, which are in need of funds for implementing this scheme. In all 518 temples where Annadhanam Scheme has been implemented, hundials have been installed exclusively for this Scheme.

Due to lack of proper importance shown to this scheme, for there was a great fall in number of beneficiaries and poor quality of food. After this Government assumed charge. Hon'ble Chief Minister has ordered to ensure to serve food to adequate number of beneficiaries and to improve quality of food. Hon'ble Chief Minister has also ordered to serve Annadhanam with Vadai and Payasam on Sundays at temples having affluent surplus funds. Hon'ble Chief Ministerhas given new life to this Scheme by instructing to extend Annadhanam Scheme to 206 temples more. Acccordingly steps have been taken to implement this Scheme in a more effective manner.

As per the order of the Hon'ble Chief Minister Annadhanam Scheme has been implemented in 206 new temples on 15.09.2015. Now under the Annadhanam Scheme Annadhanam provided in 724 temples in effective manner. This Scheme is receiving high praises from scholars, dignitaries, devotees, public and by religious people.


As desired by the Honourable Chief Minister spiritual and moral classes are conducted on all Saturdays in all important temples to make our children imbibe the high moral and ethical values enshrined in our ancient literature through stories which embody our cultural heritage and tradition. These children are provided with snacks during such classes and awards will be distributed to the best children.

Marriage Scheme for the Poor and Downtrodden

The noble Scheme of marriages for the poor and downtrodden people belonging to the Hindu religion was first launched in 1981 by the then Honourable Chief Minister from the surplus funds of temples. People belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and Most Backward Classes benefitted under the Scheme. Honourable Chief Minister performed the marriages of 1008 couples in 2002 and 1053 couples in 2003 at Tiruverkadu. Further marriages were also conducted for 489 couples in few temples. This noble scheme was given up during the previous regime. As ordered by the Honourable Chief Minister during the year 2012-2013, marriages for 1006 couples have been conducted on 18.06.2012 at a venue near Tiruverkadu Temple in a fitting manner by providing 4 grams of Gold for Thirumangalyam and wedding gifts worth Rs.10,000 each. A sum of Rs.1.51 crore has been spent for this scheme. Steps are being taken to conduct this scheme effectively.


In important temples, cotton sarees and dhoties received as offerings are distributed to elderly persons, destituties and widows on Independence day and Anna Memorial Day during events of common feast held in those temples.


For Archages, Bhattachariars and Odhuvars to do work efficiently. Refresher Course Scheme was started in year 1991 and functioned effectively. Under this Scheme. Prominent temples have been selected in each Assistant Commissioner division from year 2011-2016 , 8436 persons are benefited by this Scheme.


For playing 'Nathaswaram' during time of festivals and poojas at financially poor temple which are ancient and praised by Alwars and Nayanmars in ir hymns, a corpus of Rs.1 crore has been deposited for enabling payment for Musicians recruited for playing Nathaswaram, Thavil and Thaala instruments at a monthly salary of Rs. 1500/-, Rs.1000/- and Rs.750/- respectively implemention of this Scheme was stopped in intervening period. Steps have been taken for implementing this Scheme in a perfect mannaer.


Different categories of employees are working in temples under control of H.R.&.C.E. Department. welfare schemes available for temple employees are listed below.

  1. Employees Provident Fund Scheme.
  2. Departmental Pension Scheme.
  3. Family Benefit Fund Scheme.
  4. Special Provident Fund and Gratuity Scheme.
  5. Temple Employees Welfare Fund Scheme.
  6. Pension Scheme for Archakar, Odhuvar, Vedhaparayanar, Arayars, DivyaPrabhandam reciters and Musicians.
  7. Advance for Marriage, Festival and for purchase of Vehicles.
  8. Appointment on Compassionate Grounds.
  9. Kudamuzhukku Incentive.
  10. Additional Incentive for Annual Festivals.
  11. Pongal Ex-gratia Payment.
  12. Financial Assistance for Higher Education of Children of Temple Employees
  13. Providing Uniforms and Identity Cards for Temple Employees.
  14. Computer Training for Temple Employees.
  15. Providing Free Bicycles for Archakas / Poosaris of Temples where Oru Kala Pooja is Performed.
  1. Family Benefit Fund Scheme

    This Scheme was introduced to help heirs of temple employees dying inharness. A corpus fund of Rs.15 crore has been created for implementation of this Scheme. In this scheme, Rupees one lakh is granted for heirs of deceased.

  2. Special Provident Fund Scheme

    This Scheme was introduced for welfare of employees of temples having an annual income of Rs.1 lakkh and above. A corpus fund of Rs.50 lakh has been created for this Scheme out of surplus funds of affluent temples. An amount of Rs.5000/- is disbursed as gratuity under this Scheme along with total subscription paid by retiring employee during his service.

  3. Temple Employees Welfare Scheme

    A Corpus fund was created with diversion of surplus funds from affluent temples, to the tune of Rs.5 crore for this scheme. Interest earned out of this deposit is being disbursed to the temples, having an assessable income of less than Rs.1,00,000/- in order to pay the salary arrears of their employees whose monthly salary of less than Rs.750/-

  4. Appointments on Compassionate Grounds

    scheme of providing jobs on compassionate grounds to legal heirs of temple employees died in service is under implementation in temples.

  5. Pension Schemes
    1. Pension for Archakars

      Pension for Archakars, Othuvars, Vedhaparayanars, Arayars, Devyaaprabandam reciters, Musicians Archakars, Othuvars, Vedhaparayanars, Arayars, Devyaprabandam reciters, who have served for 20 years in temples and attained 60 years of age are paid a monthly pension of Rs.750/- from Gobernment funds through this Department.

      After this Government took charge, Hon'ble Chief Minister has orderd to raise monthly pension from Rs.750/- to Rs.1000/-

      list of beneficiaries of this Scheme
      S.No Pension beneficiary Number of persons approved by Govt. Total number of beneficiaries
      1 Othuvars 125 26
      2 Vedham/Prabandham/Araiyars 59 11
      3 Musicians 125 50
      4 Archakars (Saivam and Vainavam) 691 277
      Total 1000 364

    2. Village Poosarigal Pension Scheme

      Government have sanctioned a monthly pension of Rs.1000/- for 4000 village Temple Poosaris who have served more than 20 years in village temple which are not directlyunder control of this Department and attained 60 years of age. Under this Schemes. 3037 village Poosaris are being benefited.

    3. Pension Schemes for or Employees Serving in Temples

      There are two types of Pension scheme implemented since March 2006, for temple employees.

      1. Employees Provident Fund Scheme

        This Schemes is applicable to all employees working in temples. As per this Scheme employees who have more than 10 years of service, subscribe to Employees Provident Fund Scheme, and receive benefits like pension and faily pension under this Scheme.

      2. Departmental Pension

        For employees who have less than 10 years of service on date of implementation of Scheme (1.3.2006) and all employees working in temples which are not affluent to subscribe for Employees Provident Fund Scheme, a Departmental Pension Scheme has been implemented in 2006. For disburding pension under this Departmental Pension Scheme, a corpus fund of Rs.50 crore has been created from surplus funds of affluent temples and from interest accrued on this corpus fund, pension of Rs.1000/- is disbursed monthly to retired temple employees who are unable to get pension through EPF Scheme.

    4. Financial Assistance to Children of a Temple Employees

      Financial assistance of 25% in first year tuition fees is given to son or daughter of temple employees studying Professional Courses in a Government or a Government aided educational institution.