A team from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore are currently performing an underground soil quality test and a structural analysis of the ancient Krishna temple at Hampi, once the seat of the Vijayanagara empire.
Official sources told The Hindu that the team, using sophisticated equipment, would be testing sub-soil conditions, rock formations and also whether the foundation has the strength to withstand the load of the ancient monuments at Hampi.
They will submit a report to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), suggesting measures to be taken to strengthen the foundation, so as to protect the ancient structures, besides helping with the documentation of the structural analysis. The team has already begun work at Hampi. Some parts of the temple’s stone walls had become deformed over time, which was the reason for selecting this monument to carry out the trials, sources said, adding that based on the team’s report, a decision would be taken as to whether several other ancient monuments, also in a critical condition, should be tested in this manner.