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“Major structural works will continue at Meenakshi temple”

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TO GET A NEW LOOK: South corridor of Golden Lotus Tank.
TO GET A NEW LOOK: South corridor of Golden Lotus Tank.

Staff Reporter

Even after ‘kumbabhishekam’ which is scheduled for April 8

Electrical system in the temple getting modernised

‘Goushala’ housing 22 cows is being renovated

MADURAI: Major structural works at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple here will continue even after the ‘kumbabhishekam,’ which is scheduled for April 8.

Spread over 20 acres of land, the temple is hundreds of years old and hence it requires constant attention round the year, said Karumuttu T. Kannan, chairman, Board of Trustees.

‘Agama’ principles

Only during the kumbabhishekam could works aligned to ‘Agama’ principles be carried out.

The sanctum sanctorum and gopurams could be touched only once in 12 years, he told The Hindu.

“Work in other parts of the temple can be done any time. People confuse regular maintenance work, which goes on round the year, with kumbabhishekam work.”

The electrical system in the temple, which was over half a century old, was being modernised now, he said. The entire east and south corridors of the Golden Lotus Tank required complete replacement.

The alignments were not perfect and had developed cracks.

The only way was to completely remove and replace the beams and pillars.

“It will be a new project and will be taken up after kumbabhishekam. It will go on for a minimum of two years,” Mr. Kannan said.

A pool would be constructed at the ‘Yanai Mahal,’ the temple’s enclosure for animals.

The veterinary doctors had suggested this for the well being of the temple elephant. They had also suggested covering the floor with sand.

K. Rajanayagam, Joint Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department and Executive Officer of the temple, said the ‘goushala,’ which houses 22 cows, was also renovated.

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