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Archaeologists inspect tunnels at Gajendra Moksha kalyani

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ASI officials from Bangalore likely to visit the spot today

New find:Director of Archaeology and MuseumsR. Gopal inspecting the tunnel discovered recently at the Gajendra Moksha kalyani near the Ranganathaswami temple in Srirangapatna on Friday.
New find:Director of Archaeology and MuseumsR. Gopal inspecting the tunnel discovered recently at the Gajendra Moksha kalyani near the Ranganathaswami temple in Srirangapatna on Friday.

Experts from the State Department of Archaeology and Museums on Friday visited Srirangapatna and inspected the tunnels that were discovered on January 29 at the Gajendra Moksha kalyani (temple pond) near Sri Ranganathaswami temple.

Director of Archaeology and Museums R. Gopal and his team of experts inspected the tunnels that are believed to have been constructed during the reign of the Mysore Wadiyar dynasty.

The site, where the archaeological remains were found, falls under the purview of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Mr. Gopal told the officials of the Srirangapatna taluk administration.

The ASI will excavate the site, the experts said. The experts opined that the tunnels were constructed to draw water from the Bangara Doddi canal to fill the temple pond.

ASI officials at Srirangapatna said that the senior officials from Bangalore may visit the site on Saturday. “They will decide on taking up excavation works,” an ASI officer said. The Srirangapatna taluk administration has deployed staff at the Gajendra Moksha kalyani.


  • The tunnels were found when silt was being removed from the temple pond

  • They are believed to have been constructed during the reign of the Wadiyar dynasty



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