Restoration work is expected to be completed by December

Restoration work of the historic Thousand Pillar temple in Hanamkonda town is expected to be completed by December.

The temple that always captivated scores of tourists now wears a deserted, forlorn look. The crumbling Kalyana mandapam opposite the main sanctum sanctorum was dismantled for reconstruction in 2005.

Traditional technology

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official coordinator, M. Panduranga Rao, who has been supervising the work, said that traditional sand box technology was used to complete the foundation.

It has been improved with 330 granular piles, seven layers of Pradikshanapada, four layers of Kakshashana and floor level.

Presently, the sculptors are working on the cavity walls which will be followed by the roof.

Of the 132 pillars, 100 have been erected. Thirteen were missing and three are being carved. Similarly, 26 beams which were missing are being carved by Stapathi Siva Kumar and his team from Tamil Nadu, he explained.

The majestic structure belonging to the Kakatiya era is expected to be in place by December.

According to officials, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will rededicate the monument to the country on December 20, the day that coincides with the Kakatiya festival.

Two-day internation seminar

Prof. Panduranga Rao said the district administration will be organising a two-day international seminar on ‘Rock restoration and construction technology of Kakatiyas’. It will be attended by international delegates and experts from the International Committee on Monuments and Structures.

The district administration submitted a proposal to UN to list the Warangal district monuments under the World Heritage List some time ago.

The seminar and Kakatiya festival would help give an impetus to the proposal, he said.

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