Instruction will also apply when the administration of a temple undertakes consecration

A few weeks after controversy erupted over the manner of conservation at the seventh-century Adipuriswarar temple in Tiruvottiyur here, the State government has directed the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department and Archaeological Department to seek advice from designated archaeological experts before taking up structural or decorative work that has an impact on the archaeological/heritage nature of a temple or monument.

Normally, the advice is indicated in ‘archaeological notes of inspection’ which are prepared after experts visit a given temple or a monument.

A communication sent by the State Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowments Department last week to the HR&CE and Archaeological Departments stated that no such work be taken up without the notes.

The latest instruction will also apply when the administration of a temple undertakes consecration involving conservation, restoration or renovation.