Names might differ ~ in olden times, philanthropists did fed the poor and donated their assets for maintenance and continuance of rituals in Temples.
Most Temples possess land and other property ~ sadly, those managed by HR&CE are in no great shape. In many places, they are unable to collect rent. and are apathetic.
One can see billboards kept in the Temples announcing the defaulters ~ alongside those who failed to pay, those who did nothing to collect mounting dues should also be held accountable. If measly rents accumulate to lakhs of rupees – who is to blame !!
Here is another sad story - that of Sri Sundara Raja Perumal at Virugambakkam – according to this report, instead of evicting those who have occupied, the management is contemplating collecting rent … Sad !!