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Pre-British Raj days in Tamilnadu, had a lot of Temples built along the native landscape, with support system in place. A lot of cultivatable lands were allocated to these temples to sustain & maintain the premises with the income from these lands. The lands were given off to cultivatable masses who paid their dues regularly.
During the Raj days, these people who enjoyed the major income, were part of the elite community & had "Refined" to be "secular" & powerful, owing allegience to the imperial power than to the omni-present, reduced these temples to their "family deities" provided & supported in their land - the land which was originally the temple Land.
Post independence, saw a these "secular" elite to take "Hindutva" or "secular" colour based on what suited their power politics. Still neglecting & denying these gods their due.
Here is a Nandi - Shivas Bull - being a muted spectator for this temple`s lost glory, in the Theyneeshwarar temple.

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