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Neglected: Government museum, Erode, is yet to find an accommodation.
Neglected: Government museum, Erode, is yet to find an accommodation.

Karthik Madhavan

Many prominent artefacts kept outside with sky as roof

ERODE: Outside the District Government Museum, Erode, stands Ayyanarappan in a statue. With his sword unsheathed, the village deity has his accomplices for company.

The deity does what he is known for in mythology: protecting village, people and others. Outside the Erode Museum too he does the same. He protects stone inscriptions, hero stones and stone idols. And, he has been doing it for long, as the Museum struggles hard to accommodate its collection.

According to museum sources more than 50 items of historical importance are outside, with sky as the roof. The statues have little security available but for Ayyanarappan.

Now the museum has another challenge: it has to find a new place as the Erode Corporation plans to demolish the building to construct a new office complex.

The civic body asked the museum to find a building at least eight months ago and to date the museum has been searching for one. The museum sources say they had zeroed in on a building opposite the Municipal VOC Park. The paper work for moving over to the new building has just started.

Erode Municipal Corporation, which is the owners of the new building, says it has received a proposal.

The engineering wing of the civic body will have to certify the building after which it will be placed before the Corporation Council for approval. The process is likely to take about three months.

Erode-based historian Pulavar S. Raju says the museum urgently requires a new building, which is also spacious.

In the present building the artefacts are placed too close for a comfortable display. He suggests the district administration to come to the rescue of the museum.

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