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200-year-old tree catches fire at Thiruvalangadu temple

A 200-year-old sthalavriksham or temple tree at the Chola-era Sri Vadaranyeswarar temple in Thiruvalangadu in Tiruvallur district caught fire on Wednesday. It is believed that some devotees lit ghee lamps under the tree, leading to the fire.

The Vadaranyeswarar temple in Thiruvalangadu, built by the Cholas during the 12th century, is regarded as a sacred Shaivaite shrine. The banyan tree is located behind the temple. An official of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department said, “The tree had a lot of dead branches since it had caught fire earlier too.”

Two-hour effort

Fire and Rescue Services Personnel put out the fire after a two-hour-long effort. A complaint was lodged with the local police.

Last Friday, a fire broke out at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple in Madurai, severely damaging a few granite pillars.


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