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Executive Officer

The day-to-day administration at Palani in is the hands of an Executive Officer (who has the rank of Deputy Commissioner). This is the only temple in Tamil Nadu to be administered by an Executive Officer of the cadre of a Deputy Commissioner and so it is under the regular and continuous superintendence of the Commissioner, H.R. & C.E. Administration Department, Government of Tamil Nadu at Madras.

From time to time, requests are received from far-off countries for performance of abhishekam and archanas. Donations pour in, in small sums and large, earmarked for particular purposes like mandapams and buildings and for construction of cottages. All these requests are attended to and the donors kept in good humour

Personal Assistant to E.O.

The Executive Officer is assisted by a Personal Assistant of the rank of an Assistant Commissioner. The P. A. works under the Executive Officer and is in charge of the over-all control and administration of the Hill Temple and winch. He supervises the conduct of Kala Pujas and festivals, sale of tickets, sale of Panchamirtams and Tirukkovil Publications. He also inspects Rest houses, and Tonsure Sheds, and ensures the timely collection of lease amounts due for temple lands.

Superintendents and Peshkars

There are two superintendents for each of the three groups (1) Hill Temple (2) Town Temple and (3) Tiru Avinankudi group of temples. Each pair of Superintendents do their work in turn duties. Their work consists of administration of the temple in keeping with the direction of the Executive Officer, controlling of crowds, supervision of abhishekams and archanas, looking after the sanitary arrangements, escorting V.I.P.s and providing amenities for the pilgrims.

Under the Superintendents, there are several peshkars, all of them experienced in temple service for a long number of years and assisted by maniyams, accountants, archana clerks and orderlies.

In the Devasthānam office itself, there is an experienced Manager assisted by a band of competent superintendents, section clerks and cashiers.


Office of the Joint Commissioner/Executive Officer
Arulmigu Dandayudhapani Swami Tirukkovil
Palani - 624601 India
Tel: +91 (4545) 241417 or 242330
E-mail: lordmuruga@eth.net

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