The Pudiya Thalaimurai magazine covered a cover article on the after effect of Kalahasti and the reporter had an elaborate article covering the trevails of Tamilnadu temples. Our founder Dr. T. Satyamurthy had given a detailed report as well as I (Chandra) shared the centre piece photo) of the cracked lintel stone of Varadaraja Perumal East tower, which is unfortunately not yet repaired, but only white wash (to our eyes?) is going on without mending the cracks.. Also, the claim of the IIT academician does not stand any weight. Negligence and use of cement to further add weight to the already cleaving Gopura is the root cause. The cover picture is of the Perumathur temple which I took while returning from the Chidambaram Symposium.
Pullamangai @ Pasupathikoil, as it is called by the locals, situated next to Ayyampettai on the Kumbakonam - Tanjavur highway, is a treasure trove for iconography, sculpture, temple art and miniatre lovers. This temple was renovated with shoddy knowledge and now there are more vegetation seen than before. We from REACH saw this temple, before we went to Mathur, the temple at the forest, situated at stone's throw distance from this temple.
A Early Chola architecture, epitome of miniature art this Pullamangai temple, also a Padal Petra Sthalam (பாடல் பெற்ற ஸ்தலம்) will soon loose its beauty if we allow mindless renovations. Trees are now full grown, which needs immediate removal. The over-done terrace tiles should be removed and the scrappy 'Salas' done should be replaced with well carved stone Salas.
Old blogs(1,2,3,4) from our Moderator Chandrasekaran and few other interesting blogs 1 & 2 explain this temple in detail, but allowing it to detoriate is a serious crime to the future generation and to the everlasting Chola fame. Any listeners?