After decades, renovation works of the Anganaadeeswarar temple in Madavalam village near the city of Tirupattur started on Saturday.
Officials said the ancient Shiva temple is around 600 years old, dating from the Vijayanagara period. Adorned with paintings, the temple, maintained by the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE), bears its imprint of the era in its architecture, including the ornate pillared mandapam, open-pillared halls and majestic tower ( Rajagopuram).
A key feature of the Vijayanagara style of architecture was large monoliths with intricate carvings on them. The ancient Shiva temple at Madavalam is an example of this style. “The restoration of rajagopuram is the central work of the whole exercise. For years, the gopuram has been damaged due to various elements,” said G. Annamalai, Chief Executive Officer (EO) of the temple.
Accompanied by MP for Jolarpet K. Devaraji, collector Amar Kushwaha laid a ceremonial stone on Saturday to mark the start of renovation work on the temple. Funded by the state government general assembly fund for the year 2020-21, the restoration work involves repairing the damaged parts of the rajagopuram, vimanas, granite pillars and mandapam. The entire granite floor will be raised 1.5 feet to prevent flooding during the monsoon. Old water pipes and electrical cables will be replaced. Shelters for devotees will also be set up when pilgrims visit the temple during festival seasons and public holidays. The works, which will be carried out at a cost of ₹35.40 lakh, will be completed in six months.