Restoration work on at temple site

Among the efforts to preserve the country’s archaeological heritage is the renovation work on at Sri Meenakshi Amman samedha Sri Chokkanathaswamy Temple, in Vizhudiyur, Thenipuram, Kudavasal Taluk, Tiruvarur district. Ancient and dilapidated, the temple has exquisite images of Vinayaka, Subramanya, Dakshinamurthi and so on. Meenakshi here is a replica of the Madurai deity.

Beautiful idols of Srinivasa along with Sridevi and Bhudevi were found during excavation. The site is strewn with stones and pillars that are so broken, the inscriptions cannot be read. Worshipping Muruga on Tuesdays relieves one of skin ailments, it is believed. The lingam is regularly visited by a snake that sheds its coil here, devotees say.

With consecration set for October 28, the renovation committee solicits funds to complete the work. For details contact 09840053289/8012769927.