The swastika-shaped well at Tiruvellarai near Mannachanallur in the district, has been in a neglected condition for long.
The ancient well was dug by the Pallava ruler Dhanthivarman around 800 AD.
It was later developed and built in the form of ‘swastika’ by Alambakathu Vijayanallulan Thambi Kamban Arayan.
According to an information displayed at the site by the State Department of Archaeology, this well was also called ‘Marbidugu kinaru’. A poetic inscription speaks about mortal life and impresses upon the people the need to execute good deeds all through their life.
Though the steps leading to the base of the well is intact, the supporting walls around the base has been badly damaged.
According to a cross section of residents of Tiruvellarai, the tank, by virtue of its isolated location, it is about one km from the village, has been a haven for anti-social elements.
The problem is worse during the weekend when many youth visit the site and a large number of plastic cups and bottles are found strewn all around.
At a number of places, the walls have been damaged using some sharp-edged weapons.
It is high time that the structure is protected from anti-social elements, feel the local residents.