Andhra Pradesh

Efforts on to preserve Chola period sculptures

Four sculptures dating back to Chola dynasty which are lying idle on the premises of Srikakuleswara Swami temple, Srikakulam, would be preserved in an exclusive museum proposed to come up here. The four sculptures, Vishnu Murthy, Mahisasura Mardhini, Vishnu made of black stone and Lord Anjaneya sculpture made of red stone, were actually part of the main temple construction. “These four sculptures have been replaced by modern-age sculptures as they lost shape when the temple was rebuilt twice,” temple chief priest Agnihotrula Bhaskaracharyulu told The Hindu.

According to available literature on the temple, it was said to be existing since 1010 A.D. “We rejected handing over the sculptures and eight pillars belonging to the Srikrishnadevaraya Mantapam to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Instead, we sought necessary support from the ASI to complete the museum,” added Mr. Bhaskaracharyulu.

The ASI-Chennai has completed preparation of Telugu translation of the 32- stone inscriptions belonging to 12th and 13th century, seen on the main temple. The temple authorities said the true translation of the inscriptions including those belonging to Srikrishnadevaraya period would be kept in the museum. In early 1990s, the ASI-Chennai was given a duplicate of the inscriptions in Telugu, Kannada and Dravida languages for translation.

Sources said that Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad and Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan will visit the temple on Friday; and reportedly the Governor would be explained the need to set up the museum for preservation of remains of the historical temple. As of now, four sculptures and pillars are on the temple premises.


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