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A Swiss donator to Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathaswamy Temple

Chennai, June 6 (ANI): A Swiss national recently donated Rupees 2.08 crore to the Ramanathaswamy Temple in Tamil Nadu.

Over the last three years, Elizabeth Ziegler has been donating about Rupees four lakh annually.

Temple officials say they have never seen her.

According to temple sources, Bhanumathi Nachiar, the chairperson of the board of trustees of the temple is the one who first established contact with Elizabeth in 2006, but they only communicate by fax.

In 2006, when Bhanumathi became chairperson of the board, she found one letter in the files in which the writer said she wanted to make a donation to the temple.

Bhanumathi faxed a detailed reply to Elizabeth thanking her for the offer and giving details of a bank account to which the money should be sent. Elizabeth sent Rupees 4 lakh. Since then, she has been sending the same amount of money every year.

The latest amount has been deposited with Tamil Nadu Power Finance Corporation, a state government enterprise.

Elizabeth is also very clear about how the money is to be used. Apart from using it for performing daily pujas, the money should be used for the Maha Sivarathri and `Rudra puja’ (both once a year) and feeding of a minimum of 101 poor people on December 11, every year. (ANI)

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