The Archaeological Department has begun efforts to renovate the 1,000-year-old Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple atop the hillock at Melkote.
The department will restore the ‘gopura’ of the temple in the first phase and the Bangalore unit of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has been asked to submit a project report in two weeks. The entire structure would be repaired in the second phase.
“The restoration work will commence soon after getting approval from the State government,” said P.G. Venugopal, executive officer of a committee formed by the district administration to preserve heritage structures. He pointed out that experts from INTACH had done an aerial survey of the temple.
“The restoration work will help extend the lifespan of the gopura,” Mr. Venugopal said.
The district administration had requested the State Archaeology Department to take steps to preserve the gopura after it developed cracks at several places.
Meanwhile, experts have suggested retaining the external façade of the temple and replacing the damaged bricks and wooden beams while taking up the restoration.
“The entire structure will be re-plastered,” Mr. Venugopal added.