A unique scheme is being launched by the Tamil Nadu state government in
The title that will be conferred is known as “Thirukkovil Puravalar” (temple patron).
The Gold Card carries the photograph of the devotee and is issued by the Tamil Nadu Hindu religious and endowment department. The devotee can use the Gold Card to avail special darshan at all the temples managed by the department without any fee for 20 years.
As many as 38,000 temples, most of them cultural treasures, have been managed by the government across the state. Many temples including some of the ancient ones had been in dilapidated condition. The government could not carry out renovation works due to inadequate funds.
The government had sought a financial assistance of Rs 252 crore for the renovation of 136 ancient temples when the thirteenth finance commission head Vijay Kelkar visited the state recently. It had submitted a detailed project report to give a facelift to all the heritage temples in Tamil Nadu, both big and small.
If any devotee wished to be enrolled into the scheme by contributing Rs 5 lakh (500,000) they may approach the Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments at 119, Gandhi Road, Chennai 34 and over telephone at 28334811-13.