The State Archaeology Department is soon to take up an excavation in the Ranganathaswamy Temple complex at Srirangam soon.

Granted approval

The move followed the approval given by the Central Advisory Board of Archaeology recently to take up the excavation near the 1,000-pillar mandapam and the ‘manalveli’ in the fourth prakara of the temple.

The temple, spread over 150 acres, is a treasure trove of ancient sculptures and inscriptions.

On Monday, a team of engineers and officials from the department conducted a contour survey of the sites.

Three places

Sources said the department had sought permission for excavation work at three places and the temple administration had forwarded the same to the Commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments in Chennai.

In January this year, the Archaeology Department unearthed pieces of a megalithic urn, presumably 2,500 years old, at Panchakarai on the banks of Coleroon River in Srirangam.

Broken pieces of the urn and potsherds were unearthed by the officials, days after several icons and other artefacts were found when earthmovers were digging a trench for the construction of a yatri nivas.

Ranganathaswamy Temple complex is a treasure trove of ancient sculptures and inscriptions