A detailed security audit was conducted by an officer of the Security Branch CID at the Samayapuram Arulmigu Mariamman Temple here to inspect the existing security-related measures put in place at the shrine that attracts a large number of devotees every day.
The exercise was carried out by involving police officers from the Tiruchi Rural Police, senior officials from the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, Fire and Rescue Services and Health departments besides those from the local body on Saturday.
The Security Branch CID officer went inside the shrine and its vicinity inspecting a host of existing security arrangements and connected measures put in by place by the HR & CE department that controls the famous temple. The officer inspected the functioning of a couple of metal detectors, chain of surveillance cameras and fire extinguishers at the shrine besides ascertaining from the officials regarding the queue system.
As part of the security audit, the officer also ascertained from the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department the holy events organised at the temple such as the ‘Poochorithal festival and the ‘Chithirai’ car festival’ which attracts lakhs of devotees from various parts of the State.
A senior HR & CE department official said the temple attracts nearly 10,000 devotees on an average every day with the footfalls increasing on Fridays, Sundays and on the day of ‘Amavasaya’ when the figure touches nearly a lakh.
The HR & CE department has installed a total number of 60 cameras inside the temple and over 140 cameras in its vicinity including at the nearby bus stand to monitor the activities taking place inside and outside the shrine.
A couple of metal detectors has been installed at key points at the temple where around 80 private security personnel have been engaged besides more than 90 others for housekeeping activity, the official said. Spread over an area of one acre, the Samayapuram temple is the second highest in the State with respect to revenue earnings after the Sri Dhandayuthapani Swamy at Palani.
Upon completion of inspection, the Security Branch CID officer listed out measures to further improve security at the shrine as it attracts huge numbers of devotees. The officer suggested to the temple authorities that trained personnel be deployed at the spot where metal detectors had been installed.
The officer also suggested to the temple authorities to have hand-held metal detectors in place to check the small belongings carried by devotees before entering the shrine. Suggestion was also made for deployment of a fire tender near the temple. Post inspection, the Security Branch CID officer held a meeting at the shrine with police officers and officials from the HR & CE, Fire and Rescue Services and Health departments.
Police officers said the security audit was being conducted in major temples across the State to ensure that all necessary systems and paraphernalia were in place. Similar exercise was conducted at the Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, recently.