Tiruchirapalli

Old idols being preserved

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken special efforts for the conservation of old stone idols got during the course of renovation of the temple dedicated to Sri Brahadeeswarar at Gangaikondacholapuram near Jayamkondam.

The temple, built by Rajendra Chola has been declared as World Heritage Monument by the UNESCO about a decade ago, indicating its architectural beauty. A large number of broken pieces of stone idols were also obtained.

“We conserve 13 idols which are in perfect shape. Most of them represent Sri Ambal while a few forms of Lord Siva are also protected,” sources said adding that ASI attached priority for conservation of idols got at ancient temples. While the unbroken idols have been arranged in a row over a concrete platform, the damaged pieces have been stocked in the vicinity.


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