TAMIL NADU

Temple gears up for kumbabishekam

Facelift:Painting works on at 126-foot-tall eastern Rajagopuram of Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple at Rameswaram.— Photo:L. BALACHANDAR

Facelift:Painting works on at 126-foot-tall eastern Rajagopuram of Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple at Rameswaram.— Photo:L. BALACHANDAR  

In February next year after a gap of 14 years

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple here, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is getting a facelift in view of ‘kumbabishekam’ (consecration) planned in February next year after a gap of 14 years.

The kumbabishekam assumes greater significance as two new Rajagopurams, being built at the southern and northern entrances, would add grandeur to the imposing temple in addition to the existing nine-tier tower at the eastern entrance and five-tier tower at the western entrance.

“The five-tier, 91-foot-tall Rajagopurams at the southern and northern entrances were nearing completion and painting works are going on in full swing at the 126-ft eastern tower,” S. Selvaraj, Joint Commissioner, and K. Mayilvahanan, Assistant Divisional Engineer of the temple, said.

Brickworks on the new Rajagopurams were completed and plastering and painting works would be taken up soon, they said. “All construction, renovation and painting works would be completed by the year-end,” Mr. Mayilvahanan told The Hindu on Sunday.

He said the East Rajagopuram would be given a fresh coat of silver grey emulsion paint in the background and multi-colour emulsion paints for the ‘Vigrahams’.

Ramco Group chairman P.R. Ramasubrahmaneya Rajha had donated Rs.27 lakh for the painting work, he added.

The western Rajagopuram would also be given a fresh coat of painting and the temple authorities were looking for a donor, he said, adding Sringeri Mutt had sponsored the construction of the southern Rajagopuram and Kovai Raja Vasantha Kumar, chairman of Karpagam Arts College, the northern Rajagopuram.

Water jet washing work at Swamy and Ambal sannadhis in the first corridor was also nearing completion, he said. The outer corridors (prakaras) with elaborately carved pillars had already been given a facelift with a fresh coat of painting, he said.

The proposed kumbabishekam would be the fourth; the first consecration was performed in 1948.

After a long gap, the second kumbabishekam was performed in 1975 and the third in 2001. The fourth kumbabishekam would be held in February next and the date was yet to be finalised, sources said.



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