Saturday, November 16, 2013
REACH HERITAGE Awardees announced for 2013.
The REACH Heritage Awards will be presented this year on the 7th of December 2013, at Chennai. Invitation enclosed. Please visit and make the function a grand success.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Dr T Satyamurthy's article in Sree Jagadguru on Adisankara-1
Tamil translation by PRO Chandrasekaran J
Shri Ravi Sam's interview in Kalki June 2013
Friday, October 19, 2012
100 pillar hall in Varadaraja Perumal Temple
1. Removal of lime from all pillars and bases.
2. Cleaning of whole mandapa
3. Strengthening the plinth and floors and relaying granite slabs around the mandapa to avoid seepage of water
4. Water proofing and re-plastering the entire roof using lime mortar
5. Re-sculpting all the lime stucco figures atop the mandapa
6. Laying a 3 feet tall parapet wall around the mandapa
7. Stainless Steel railing around the mandapa
and finally we will fix spot lighting and electrification with pleasing aesthetics, to enhance the beauty of the carvings. Hope by this September end 2012, the whole Mandapa will glow as a remarkable land mark in Kanchipuram... And let's not talk of the work done around within this same temple premises, done by various agencies under the endowments department! God bless them :(
The steel grills work is shown here
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Thandarai Shiva temple
Here it is
The update on renovation:
Whole work over, stone relaying , removal of trees now Vimana work going on. 21st Nov is Kumbabhishekam, some more funds needed...
The Vimana work under progress is shown here
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The Stone temple that would not fall off!
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Gangai Kondan Mandap, Kanchipuram
With the help, patience and perseverance of the donor for this mandap, Shri Narayanan, of M/s. PPN Power Limited, an ardent devotee of Shri Varadaraja, we could do this work, and we thank him for all the support. Once we complete totally all the work, we will upload those photos too.
The link of photo updates
The full work is over. There was some delay due to continuous festivals in between and also some resistance from the shop keepers around, as there was no way to go up. Atlast, we could remove all the debris above and restore the mandap, relay the stuccos figures, the frontage and the weather coarse and roof of the mandap.
See the pictures here
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Cheranmahadevi Ramaswamy Temple
Later Nayakas had patronized and the Bronzes of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita, Hanuman would have been donated to this temple for Urchava Moorthis' worship, but unless we ask the Bhattar to show us above, allow us to climb up the stairs to have a look at the other two tiers, one can never imagine the Vimana having within itself the layers where Original stucco with their sheen lost and mutilated, lie there as a glaring example of the neglect we have on such rare beauties. Leave along the antiquity, but where are the real Vishnu Bhakthas? While we enter the Cheranmahadevi village, we see a contract of sorts, on the right a Vishnu temple renovated with all the jarring colours and spoils, and far off at the banks of Thamirabarani, on the left the elegant Bhaktavatsala temple renovated and maintained by the A.S.I. Not daring to enter the one in the right, with its gory sight, we visited last time the Bhaktavatsala temple, and this temple too.
When Pradeep Chakravarthy had written about the sad plight of this temple, we were asking ourselves, "Was there a Vimana with three tiers?" Yes, true but sad.
While climbing on the stairs, we saw two parts of Chola inscriptions, and atop, we saw the abandoned Deities all waiting in silence for someone to spruce their looks up! Ironically, this made us learnt a lot on how the stucco using lime mortar, wood as supporting beams and coconut coir as binders were used to construct and make the deities. Faded original paintings were also carrying the sad story within and waiting for some sensible restorer to uplift them.
The roof weather coarse had also eroded, showing signs of leakage. Inside the temple, all stone walls and pillars were white washed, making sure that none of the intricate carvings were made to be seen.
Mr.Ali, a self made archaeologist and heritage lover, who has some large collection of coins and stamps, also an artist drawing sketches from this temple says, " I frequent this temple, whenever I want to energize myself. This is my cradle. I can't bear this agony of seeing it crumble. Will I see the light of the day, the restored temple, before my light goes off?," asks he, tears rolling off his eyes. Dumb struck, we had no answers.
Look at the pictures
We are only heritage lovers as he is, but want to tell the world about this temple and ask all who are concerned, to bring in funds to renovate this magnificent temple. We do not blame the endowments department or the state and central archaeology departments, as they do not have a data base of how many such temples lie across the state nor a foresight of what to do to save a heritage temple. Enough of blame game, we wish only all concerned open their eyes. As a study of contract, we see within Cheranmahadevi (Mr. Ali corrects me again, Sermadevi!) one spoilt renovation, one excellent renovation and one neglected heritage temple! Such is the state of heritage here! Hope the Lord himself shows us the way and answer our queries.