Report flags quality of pooja items, finance of temples under TDB


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New Delhi: Retired judge KT Sankaran, who has been assigned with preparing guidelines for the purchase of pooja items in temples under the Travancore Devaswom Board (TBD), has submitted an interim report over the matter.

The report flags that the quality of sandalwood paste and lamp oil distributed in temples under TDB are of poor quality.

Notably, the judge was appointed by a Supreme court bench chaired by Justice DY Chandrachud.

Apart from the quality of pooja items, the report has pointed out about financial crisis faced by the temples.

According to the report, one kilogram of sandalwood costs around Rs 10,000. It is a burden for temples under TDB to bear this cost of actual sandalwood, the report pointed out. The report has called for the use of quality inorganic items or original sandal.

Similarly, the report points out that oil used for lighting the lamps around the temple ('chutu vilakku') is the type of oil that is unusable, and extracted during the preparation of actual lamp oil.

Over the financial matters, the report has stated that it is from the revenue of around 50 temples that the salaries of employees in other temples (revenue deficit temples) are met. It also flagged that in most temples, the money spent on salaries of employees exceeds the actual revenue from it.

The interim report has been compiled based on the judge’s visit to 60 temples.

Meanwhile, he had sought nine months more for submitting the final report. However, the Supreme Court has directed him to submit it by September 30.

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