Temple architecture

ASI Team will inspect Kodumudi Magudeswarar Temple and Kalingarayan Canal

Modakkurichi MLA C. Saraswathi had written to ASI explaining the significance of the temple and the canal

Modakkurichi MLA C. Saraswathi had written to ASI explaining the significance of the temple and the canal

A technical team and officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Chennai Circle, would inspect the 739-year-old Kodumudi Magudeswarar Temple and Kalingarayan Canal to assess historical, archaeological and architectural values ​​and declare the temple and the canal as centrally protected monuments and take the necessary measures for protection.

The development comes after a recent letter written by Modakkurichi MLA C. Saraswathi to ASI explaining the importance of the temple and the canal and wanting them to be declared protected monuments.

The MP, in her letter to ASI dated February 24, 2022, said the temple, located on the banks of the Cauvery River, is the largest Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is also home to Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. She said that the temple complex contains seven main shrines and the legend of the temple was linked to Sage Agastya. Adi Perukku and Brahmotsavam were the main celebrations in the temple at which thousands of devotees from various districts gathered. Large numbers of devotees from Karnataka and other states also visited the temple regularly, she said.

In her letter, she recalled the importance of the canal which ran 91.10 km and irrigated 15,743 acres in the district. Chief Kongu Kalingarayan laid the foundation for the interconnection of rivers in 1271 and completed the project in 1283. “The canal should be recognized nationally and should be declared a monument,” she insisted.

Mr. Kalimuthu, Chief Archaeologist, ASI, Chennai Circle, in his communication to MLA, said that the team would soon visit the district after which necessary proposals would be submitted to the headquarters for the protection of the temple and the canal. in accordance with the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.