A survey and conservation report organised before approaching government
: The restoration of the damaged mural paintings in the Sthanumalayan Temple at Suchindrum looks set to begin with the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment receiving two proposals from private agencies offering to undertake the project.
The Nagercoil chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and the Agency for Providing Traditional Solutions for the Restoration of Built Heritage have submitted proposals to the government to save the paintings ravaged by rainwater, bat droppings and structural repairs.
The paintings depict scenes from the epic Ramayana. Aing Nilabh Sinha, Principal Director, Indian Council of Conservation Institute, New Delhi, and K.P. Madhurani, Director, INTACH, Chitrakala Parishad Art Conservation Centre, Bangalore, inspected the paintings and reported the damage to their head office in Delhi.
Subsequently, a survey and conservation report were organised before approaching the government.
The convener of INTACH (Nagercoil chapter), R.S. Lal Mohan, told The Hindu that the mural paintings in the seven rooms of the gopuram, done in the 19th century, cover an area of 5804.79 sq ft.
The private agencies fear that the paintings could be lost forever if the government does not act promptly.