Declare more temples monuments: ASI

KANCHEEPURAM, AUG. 14. The Archaeological Survey of India, Chennai Circle, has sent proposals to the Centre to declare 4 more ancient temples in Kancheepuram district, 3 in Vellore district and one in Thanjavur district as protected monuments, according to Chennai Circle Superintendent, T. Sathyamoorthy.

Panamudeeswarar and Iravatheeswarar temples at Kancheepuram town, Sathyanatheswarar temple at Thirukalimedu and Kailasanathar temple at Uthiramerur in Kancheepuram district, Mahadevar and Gangatheeswarar temples at Thakkolam and a Siva temple at Thirumalaicheri near Kaveripakkam in Vellore district and a Siva temple at Thukkachi on Kumbakonam-Nannilam Road in Thanjavur district were the temples for which proposals have been sent, he told presspersons here today.

The Centre had recently declared Sri Abathsahayeshwarar temple at Senthamangalam in Villupuram district as a protected monument, he said. Stating that already 7 temples at Kancheepuram town were under the control of the ASI, Chennai Circle, Dr. Sathyamoorthy said that the Centre had sanctioned Re.1 crore to take up illumination and park creation works at these monuments.

In addition, it had also been proposed to take up structural stability work at Sri Kailasanathar temple at Kancheepuram.

The ASI had also taken up restoration of the 1000-pillared mandapam at Sri Kudumeeswarar temple at Kudumiyan Malai, Pudukottai district. Similarly renovation works at a Siva temple at Varapur in Pudukottai district and a temple at Sethur Pandaravadi near Tirunallar in Karaikal region have also been taken up, he said.

To a question on Darasuram and Gangaikondacholapuram temples, Dr. Sathyamoorthy said the World Heritage emblem would be installed at these monuments in November. Steps have also been initiated to declare Kailasanathar temple at Kancheepuram as an extension of Mamallapuram, which had already been declared as World Heritage centre.

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