As part of renovating the ancient Sri Anandawalleshwaram Mahadevar temple in the city, the 400-year-old ‘sreekovil’ (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple finished in teak will be demolished this week to be replaced with a new structure.
The ‘sreekovil’ is unique since it is the only Hindu shrine which has the statues of Sree Krishnan, Maha Vishnu, Bhoomidevi and Lakshmidevi consecrated and installed as idols under a single structure.
It is being demolished as per advice from a religious oracle.
The four idols have been ceremoniously removed from the sreekovil to pave the way for the construction of the new structure.
G. Jayakumar, secretary of the temple committee, said members of the Vishwakarma community from Thrissur, well versed in temple architecture, would carry out the work which would commence this week.
Carvings and other wood of the existing structure that are in good condition will be used for the new structure, which will also be finished in teak.
The new sreekovil will a replica of the old one in all respects, Mr. Jayakumar said.
He also said that as per plan, the re-consecration and installation of the four idols in the new sreekovil would be held on January 16, 2016, between 9.05 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.
The ritual will be led by the temple priest Brahmashree Kandaru Rajeevaru.