Saff Reporter

NALGONDA: The ancient Pachala Someswara temple at Panagal in Nalgonda is in urgent need of renovation to retain its architectural grandeur and rich cultural heritage.

The historical temple dating back to 11th - 12th centuries known for its architectural marvel is in a shambles due to lack of proper care. The graceful carvings on the pillars and the walls of the temple depicting the scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabaratha besides other impressive images reveal the exquisite craftsmanship of the sculptors.

However, the magnificent traces of the rich architectural wealth are now decaying for want of restoration. The heaps of stone pillars and the debris of the shrine which are scattered on the premises of the temple speaks volumes about the apathy of the agencies concerned which are the custodians of the temple notified as a protected monument.

Fund crunch

Though, attempts were made to renovate the temple in the past, they were suspended abruptly due to reasons like fund crunch, sources said. The temple attracts devotees from far off places, particularly during the Shivaratri festival.

The very foundation of the Ganesha temple on the temple complex is facing the threat of collapse in the absence of facilities to drain out water, deplored B. Naveen Sarma, the chief priest of the temple. The situation during the rainy season turns worse as water stagnates at the place, he pointed out.

The temple should be brought under the purview of the Endowment Department and the renovation works should be taken up immediately to safeguard the sanctity and the heritage of the temple, suggested S. Ramesh, an ardent devotee of Lord Someswara. The vibrant tourism potential of the historical place encompassing Chaya Someswara Swamy temple, which is an epitome of architectural wonder, and Panagal reserviour remains unexplored, he said.

When contacted, the in-charge assistant director of archaeology and museums Ramulu Naik said that proposals were already sent to the government for renovation of the temple. The government has given its nod for release of funds and the works will be taken up soon, he said.