Temple architecture

Golden roof of temple sanctuary found leak – Reuters

By Express press service

SABARIMALA: The gold-plated roof of the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple has been found leaking and the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has decided to
carry out repair work immediately.

Water was found seeping through the outer wall of the sanctum sanctorum on the left side of the entrance. Water was seen running over the Dwarapalaka idol when the temple opened its monthly gates on July 16. Devaswom Council authorities met with Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru who granted permission to carry out the repair works. A team of temple architecture experts will inspect the roof on August 3 and repair work will be carried out according to their advice.

“The leak was detected in the front left corner of the sanctum sanctorum. The leak is not major and we suspect water is leaking through the gap of a screw used to secure the gold plate. I gave the instruction to carry out the repair work immediately. The cost of the repair work will be borne by TDB and we will accept if some devotees come forward to donate the gold for the repair work,” TDB Chairman K Ananthagopan said.

READ ALSO | Sabarimala Airport Revised Feasibility Report Submitted to Union Ministry

He said part of the gold-plated roof will be opened on August 3 to inspect for leaks and prepare an estimate for repair work. “The roof will be opened in the presence of Tantri and senior officials from the TDB and the vigilance wing. We can only carry out repair work when the temple is closed. However, we have decided to complete the work within 45 days. We got permission from Tantri to carry out the work,” Ananthagopan said.

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya had sponsored the gold plating of the roof of the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple in 1998. He had donated 31 kg of gold and 1,900 kg of copper for the purpose. It would have cost him Rs 18 crore.

SABARIMALA: The gold-plated roof of the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple has been discovered and the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has decided to proceed with repair works immediately. Water was found seeping through the outer wall of the sanctum sanctorum on the left side of the entrance. Water was seen running over the Dwarapalaka idol when the temple opened its monthly gates on July 16. Devaswom Council authorities met with Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru who granted permission to carry out the repair works. A team of temple architecture experts will inspect the roof on August 3 and repair work will be carried out according to their advice. “The leak was detected in the front left corner of the sanctum sanctorum. The leak is not major and we suspect water is leaking through the gap of a screw used to secure the gold plate. I gave the instruction to carry out the repair work immediately. The cost of the repair work will be borne by TDB and we will accept if some devotees come forward to donate the gold for the repair work,” TDB Chairman K Ananthagopan said. READ ALSO | Sabarimala Airport Revised Feasibility Report submitted to Union Ministry He said part of the gold-plated roof will be opened on August 3 to inspect for leaks and prepare an estimate for repair work. “The roof will be opened in the presence of Tantri and senior officials from the TDB and the vigilance wing. We can only carry out repair work when the temple is closed. However, we have decided to complete the work within 45 days. We got permission from Tantri to carry out the work,” Ananthagopan said. Liquor baron Vijay Mallya had sponsored the gold plating of the roof of the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple in 1998. He had donated 31 kg of gold and 1,900 kg of copper for the purpose. It would have cost him Rs 18 crore.