A fact-finding team of UNESCO has informed the Madras High Court that temple conservation work by the state government in Tamil Nadu has badly affected some of the most historic shrines.

The report stated that the Hindu religious and charitable endowments department does not have capacity nor quality experts to carry out work on these monuments. Moreover, no proper system is being followed for documenting, assessing, reporting and tendering of heritage works.

The UNESCO conducted a study between May and June in 10 temples in Tamil Nadu to understand the conservation process adopted by Tamil Nadu government.