Till now there have been reports of temple lands, properties, tanks and idols being either sold-off, or occupied in Tamil Nadu. But now as per a video report by Tamil daily Dinamalar, an unique case has come up in which an entire temple has been sold-off by its trustee. As per the report, trustee of Agastheeswarar Temple in Chennai’s prime Nungambakkam area, sold-off the holy place itself.
Reports suggest that the trustee sold the entire land, including temple which housed 19 people. A case in this matter at Madras High Court, came up for hearing on 29 November. The judges had sought the views of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department (HR&CE) in the matter.
The HR&CE department counsel in response informed the Court that it would have to examine on whether there had been any illegalities in the deal. The next hearing is scheduled to take place sometime later this month.
The incident came to light when the Madras High Court was approached in July over Vengeeswarar Temple’s missing tank in Vadapalani. The High Court ordered the government officials trace the tank which is now said to be buried under 26 residential and five commercial buildings.