CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced that as many as 18 temples would be renovated and an icon centre set up in Thiruvanaikaval to protect the valuables belonging to temples located in Tiruchy region.

“Renovation work will be taken up at 18 temples at a cost of Rs 10.68 crore,” said Sevoor S Ramachandran, Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department.
The temples included Virudhagireeshwarar temple in Virudhachalam,  Gandhimathiamman Udanurai Nellaiappar temple in Tirunelveli, Sugavaneshwar temple in Salem, Lakshmiperumal temple at Senthamangalam in Namakkal, and Chandramouleeshwarar temple, Musiri in Tiruchy.
Similarly, cars in 8 temples will be renovated during the current year.

The Minister declared that an icon centre would be established at Jambukeshwarar Udanurai Akilandeshwari temple located at Thiruvanaikaval. The valuables belonging to temples in Tiruchy region can be protected at this centre.

The government will spend Rs 1.50 crore for setting up the safety locker for temple valuables, he said at the end of a debate on the demand for grants to his department. A scheme will be implemented to supply potable water to devotees visiting the Dhandayuthapani Swami temple from Palar and Porunthalar 9 km away from the temple. A sum of Rs 15 crore will be spent for the scheme.