Special Correspondent

Workshops on conservation for students suggested

TIRUCHI: There is an urgent need to protect and conserve our ancient monuments and awareness should be created to the public in this regard, said Kudavayil Balasubramanian, historian, here on Tuesday.

Addressing a special meeting on the conservation of ancient monuments organised by the Tourism Department at Lord Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Dr. Balasubramanian said that ancient monuments were in the ruins at several places due to neglect by the people, natural calamities, vandalism, growing of vegetation, adoption of wrong conservation methods and threat by anti-social elements. Monuments speak volumes about the ancient culture and heritage, he said and pointed out that awareness programmes should be conducted in all the places to educate the people to protect them.

Dr. Balasubramanian spoke about the important features and inscriptions at Lord Ranganathaswamy temple, Rockfort and the cave temples in Tiruchi, the Vishnu temple at Thiruvellarai which has the ancient ‘Swastik' well of Pallava period and the famous thousand-year-old Lord Brahadeeswara templ at Thanjavur. The historian stressed the need for providing proper training by the Tourism Department to the guides to explain the features of ancient monuments and its importance to the tourists.

He said that special workshops should be conducted for the school and college students about conservation of ancient monuments. Everyone should know about the details and history of the monuments clearly.

Collector T. Soundiah who presided over the meeting, said that the ‘Chozha Nadu' belt of Thanjavur and Tiruchi region in the State had a large number of ancient monuments and stressed the need for preserving the monuments to know about our ancient culture and heritage.

He explained about the wonderful construction of Ranaganathaswamy temple which speak about our ancient culture, heritage and architecture.

P.K. Thiyagarajan, Chairman, Board of Trustees of Lord Ranganathaswamy temple, M.K. Balasubramanian, Joint Commissioner of HRCE Department, Dhandapani, Tourist Officer, spoke.