‘Temple inscriptions getting wiped out’

A majority of temples in and around Chennai have undergone restoration and a lot of inscriptions have been lost in the process, according to historian Chitra Madhavan. Delivering a talk on ‘Temples in and around Chennai’, she lamented the “lack of sensitivity and the lack of knowledge of the importance of inscriptions and sculptures”.

“Many of the inscriptions have been lost. There is a need to preserve our inscriptions as they tell us not only about our religion but also about political, social, economic and cultural history,” she noted.

She described in great detail the various temples in the Tiruvallur and Sriperumbudur belt including Siddharkadu, Adikesava Perumal temple in Vadamadurai and Soundarya Narayana Perumal temple in Pattarai Perumbudur. She noted that the temples were authentic windows to our past. “By obliterating them, we are closing certain chapters.”

“These are very ancient temples that were in worship for at least a 1,000 years or more in and around Chennai. It is high time we wake up and take note of what is happening,” she said.

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