Government’s pandemic time support for temple priests: some Mylapore gurukkals will benefit, some left to fend for themselves

Three hereditary Shivachariars – E Venkatasubramanian, Kapali Vaidhyanathan and Balaji of the Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple will benefit from TN government’s orders announced today by HR&CE minister P Sekar Babu whereby a cash assistance of Rs. 4000, 10kgs rice and some groceries will be handed to non salaried priests in TN temples.

Confirming this to Mylapore Times, Thirunavukarasu, Maniya Kaarar of this temple said that the three hereditary Shivachariars will be eligible for this assistance being the non salaried priests of the temple.

The assistance is likely to be handed to them later this week.

Interestingly most of the other temples in Mylapore such as Kesava Perumal, Valleeswarar, Vedantha Desikar Srinivasa Perumal, Mari Chetty Venkatesa Perumal, Appar Swamy and Royapettah Road Anjaneya temple do not come under the HR & CE and are privately managed.

Hence the priests of these temples will not be eligible to avail this assistance from the government.

Kanniappan, the Kanakkupillai of Madhava Perumal Temple, administered by the HR &CE said that the priests of the temple are not eligible for this assistance as they are in the salaried category.

Regular devotees to some of these temples hope the Trustees here will make arrangements to support the priests. Arrangements can be made for people to donate cash for this cause.

In some cases, some trustees ask priests to manage somehow and do not go out of their way to arrange assistance.

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