‘The place is known for ancient monuments such as Jain beds’
Inspired by ‘Mamadurai Potruvom,’ a three-day event conducted in February this year to exhibit the historical and cultural richness of Madurai, a group of individuals from various walks of life have begun groundwork for conducting ‘Tirupparankundram Potruvom’ on January 25 and 26.
Unlike the February event supported by the district administration and conducted on a large scale, the celebrations scheduled for next month would be organised by those residing in Tirupparankundram here and interested in reviving the lost glory of the historical place.
R. Sendrayan, one of the members of a core committee formed for conducting the event, said the celebrations would mainly focus on educating youngsters on the historical significance of the place they were living in and the greatness of their ancestors.
“Tirupparankundram is known for its ancient monuments such as Jain beds and cave sculptures. It is also known for religious diversity and tolerance. There is a dargah visited by Muslims next to a temple on the hillock. There is also a 168-year-old church at Pasumalai,” he said.
“Many youths have failed to appreciate these things for they are always glued to television and computer games. To kindle their interest, we have organised traditional sporting events such as Kabbadi. A ‘Silambam’ performance by the visually challenged is also on the programme list,” he added.
Another core committee member, P. Mohandas, said there were plans to hold a Nagaswaram concert by women and a rally across the city.
“The entire expense will be met through donations, and care has been taken to maintain proper accounts,” he said.