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Minister inaugurates trial run of golden temple car

Special Correspondent

Rs 1.60 crore spent on renovating the three-decade old car

Photo: R. Ashok

golden moment:K.R. Periyakaruppan, HR and CE Minister, speaking at the inauguration of the trial run of the renovated golden car at Samayapuram Sri Mariamman Temple on Sunday.

TIRUCHI: Braving sharp showers, the State Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, K.R. Periyakaruppan, inaugurated the trial run of the renovated golden temple car at Samayapuram Sri Mariamman temple on Sunday.

He said that the temple owned the golden car made about three decades ago and the renovation aimed at converting all its silver components into gold foils at an expenditure of Rs.1.60 crore.

Mr. Periyakaruppan said that work on provision of 20 new golden cars had been completed so far in various temples in the state.

Bus stand opened

The Minister also declared open bus-stand constructed at an outlay of Rs 93 lakh and laid the foundation for various works to be taken up at both the Samayapuram Sri Mariamman temple and the Sri Adhi Mariamman temple at a total outlay of Rs.15.12 crore.

K. N. Nehru, State Transport Minister, spoke on the highlights of the achievements being made by the HR and CE Department.

P.R. Sampath, Commissioner for HR and CE, said that works on making golden and silver pots (‘kudams') and gold ‘kavacham' for the idols of the Samayapuram temple would be taken up at a total outlay of Rs.11.80 crore.

Pilgrims' benefit

T. Soundiah, District Collector, said that the infrastructure would benefit the pilgrims and devotees to a great extent in Samayapuram.

Later, Mr. Periyakaruppan declared open the employees quarters at Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswmay temple.

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