The Tamil Nadu Government has announced that every year, 200 people will be taken on a pilgrimage from the famous Ramanatha Swamy temple at Rameswaram to the Kashi Viswanath temple in Uttar Pradesh.
Making a slew of announcements in the State Assembly, the Hindu Religious Endowment Minister Sekhar Babu said, 50 Lakh rupees will be allocated by the government for this scheme. He said, mini-buses will be deployed for the use of devotees staying at the Pilgrim Rest House in Rameswaram. He announced that development works will be carried out in a thousand temples at a cost of 500 crore rupees.
In addition, he said, eighty temples that are more than a thousand years old will be renovated at an outlay of a hundred crore rupees. Another announcement is the construction of new marriage halls at a cost of 80 crore rupees in twenty-seven temples. In addition, Commercial Complexes will be constructed in twenty-one temples at an estimated cost of 30 crore rupees.
Renovation of temple tanks, construction of new temple tanks, expansion of food distribution programmes in various temples, establishing new rest houses for pilgrims and providing new wooden, silver and gold chariots to different temples are some of the other announcements.