It is part of measures drawn to protect them, says official

The century-old Ambal Temple car of the ancient Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple here, which had been kept inside a tin sheet cover outside the temple after festival processions, is now showcased in a glass enclosure, much to the delight of the devotees.

After replacing the wooden wheels of the car with iron wheels, made by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), Tiruchi, the temple authorities decided to showcase the artistic beauty of the iconic Ambal and Swamy temple cars in glass enclosures as instructed by P. Dhanapal, Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department.

C. Selvaraj, Joint Commissioner, HR&CE Department, said the decision to keep the temple cars inside glass enclosures was part of measures drawn to protect them. The shed for the Ambal Temple car had been built at a cost of Rs.3.85 lakh, he said. The bottom portion of the shed was enclosed with galvanised iron sheets coated. K. Mayilvakanan, Temple Assistant Divisional Engineer, said the BHEL had made the iron wheels at a cost of Rs.4.5 lakh. Mr. Mayilvakanan said the year-long painting works in the third corridor of the temple had been completed at a cost of Rs.54 lakh.

He said water jet washing to restore the granite structure in the inner and outer prakaras of Swami and Ambal sannathis had been taken up at a cost of Rs.75 lakh. The stone wall pillars in the prakaras would be given preservative coatings and the works would be completed in a year, he added.