Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The stone temple which widens but not fall off!

REACH team comprising Chandrasekaran and Parandaman visited the Panchapatti village (not drought but should have been named after 5 villages that were governed together, we believe), at the request of the local heritage enthusiast Shri.Balan, who is a retired Physical Education teacher in a local school and the one who has almost found some 4-5 inscriptions on his own and have got them registered in the Aavanam repertoire, some 12 kms from the city Karur, known for the famed Karur Siddhar Samadhi in the Pasupatheshwarar Temple and also the single stone Vishnu temple, nearby.

We visited the Maduranthaga Choleeswaramudaiyar temple in Panchapatti, which really is standing tall all these years, after it was built in the riegnal years of Rajendra-I.

A huge neem tree is trying its best to wither off the temple, but surprisingly the Garbagruha and the Arda mandapa are standing apart, yetretaining its main frame work of stones,with some fading inscriptions read out by ASI epigraphists, Mr. Karuppaiah and Mr. Alagesan, just a week before our visit on 14th March 2012, which gives us the name of this temple.

Set amidst thick Sunflower filed, the village VAO and the villagers were very cooperative and were willing to work out a plan to renovate this small but beautiful temple.

Some surprises were in store as we saw a small hillock at a village called Sengal (சேங்கல்) with a closed Shiva temple, with some stunning stucco work atop the Vimana, and a patch of grantha script!

Next was a thriller one could not imagine! And that story comes in the next blog! Don't miss it out!


Innamburan said...

உங்களுடையா ஆர்வத்தையும், தொண்டையும் பாராட்ட சொற்கள் இல்லை. சில வருடங்கள் முன்னால் தெரிந்திருந்தால், நானும் உழைத்திருப்பேன்.

Gnana Boomi said...

Wonderful article! God knows how many such treasure are hidden deep in our country. I happened to read a similar striking article here http://varalaatrupudhayal.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/blog-post.html - great is our Country, great is our culture. Thanks for this undertaking this noble task :-).

Team GnanaBoomi

Dr. K. Kalairajan said...

இவ்வாறான கோயில்களை இப்படியே விட்டுவிட்டால் நாம் நமது தொன்மை மரபுகளையும் வழிபாட்டினையும் இழந்தவர்களாகி விடுவோம்.

தமிழக அரசும், திருமடங்களும் செய்ய வேண்டிய பணிகளை
R.E.A.C.H. செய்து வருகிறது.

தங்களது முயற்சிகளுக்குப் பாராட்டுகள்.
தங்களுடன் இணைந்து செயலாற்றும் கிராம மக்களுக்கும், கிராம நிருவாக அதிகாரிக்கும் எனது பாராட்டுகள்.
கரூர்த்தேவர் வழிபாட்டு மன்றத்தினர் இப்பணியில் தங்களுக்குத் துணைநிற்பர்.

நானும் தங்களுடன் விரைவில் இணைந்து கொள்கிறேன்.


Anonymous said...

Say, you got a good article. Much thanks again. Wonderful.

tkjaikumar kesav said...

Please let me know if you anything about this lingam.