R enovation is on at the Panchanadiswarar temple. The Dharmapuram Adheenam has taken up the Rs. 3-crore project that envisages the reconstruction of seven Rajagopurams and ten vimanams. A mandapam each on the South and North of the temple for devotees to sit and relax are being built.

“Conservation will be our watchword,” says Sri Kumaraswamy Thambiran of Dharamapuram Adheenam. “This temple, which Raja Raja built before starting work on the Big Temple, is of great significance in terms of history, legend and literature. It is magnificent with many rare features.

The sudhai figures depicting episodes from the lives of Appar and Sundarar will be restored to their original glory. The 14th century epigraphs will be salvaged through sand blast technique,” explains the Thambiran, who has a deep interest in art and aesthetics. It is a mammoth work and individuals and trusts are pitching in too. For instance Mahalakshmi Charitable Trust (044-28152533, 9840053289) will meet the expenses of the Aatkondar shrine and one Rajagopuram. Renovation is expected to be completed in 2012. Contributions may be sent to Sri Kumaraswamy Thambiran, chairman, Aiyarappar Irai Pani Manram, 7, Amman Sannidhi, Tiruvaiyaru, 613204 (phone 9443150332).