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Kakatiya temples to regain their grandeur

K.M. Dayashankar
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Ancient structures lying in ruins at Nagunuru of Karimnagar district to be renovated and relocated

Monumental neglect:The Kakatiya temples lying in a dilapidated condition in Nagunuru village in Karimnagar district.— Photo: By arrangement
Monumental neglect:The Kakatiya temples lying in a dilapidated condition in Nagunuru village in Karimnagar district.— Photo: By arrangement

The ancient and historical temples of Kakatiyas and Kalyani Chalukyas, which are lying in a dilapidated condition in Nagunuru of Karimnagar district, would now get a facelift and will be relocated, thanks to the assistance provided by a philanthropist.

For the first time in the State, the Endowments Department, in coordination with the Archaeology Department, had decided to reconstruct and relocate the ancient temples built by monarchs of the Kakatiya dynasty with the help of the Kasuganti Narayana Rao Memorial Trust.

Dilapidated condition

The marvellous architecture of the Kakatiyas — believed to be constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries — depict the history and culture of the dynasty. The ancient temples such as Trikutalayam, Shivalayam, Vishnualayam and others temples are in a dilapidated condition.

The Archaeology Department would ensure that the ancient structures would be relocated on a sprawling five acres of land near the village and rebuild the structures as it is without causing any harm to the ancient carvings, pillars etc.

The Kasuganti Narayana Rao Memorial Trust would relocate the temples at a cost of Rs. 4 crore in 18 months. Later, they would be handed over to the Endowments Department. The trust would also allocate every year Rs 5 lakh for the maintenance of the temples for a period of 10 years.

Formal launch

This novel programme of protecting the ancient structures and development of tourism was formally launched on Sunday. Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu formally conducted the Bhumi puja for the relocation of the temples along with Government Whip Arepalli Mohan, Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar, Joint Collector H. Arun Kumar, KDCCB chairman K Ravinder Rao, trust member K Laxman Kumar.

The Minister was all praise for the trust for protecting the ancient monumental structure and the history of the district.

Endowments deputy commissioner Ramesh Babu and Archeology assistant director Mallikarjuna Rao and others were also present.


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