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Park being developed with Tourism Development Funds
Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowments Department, R.Kannan, inspected the works at Sri Jambukeswarar Akilandeswari Temple, Thiruvanaikovil, and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, recently.
The Tourism Department has sanctioned Rs. 97.20 lakh to Sri Jambukeswarar Akilandeswari Temple for taking up restoration works of thousand-pillar mandapam, toilets, resting mandap, and reception centre for pilgrims and beautification work at Aadipuram teppakulam.
While inspecting the work on protecting the sculptures of the thousand-pillar mandapam, Mr.Kannan suggested the use of appropriate transparent protective coating to preserve the sculpture.
At the thousand-pillar mandapam at Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, the restoration work starts from northwest mukhamandapam where excavation work has been done by the State Archaeological Department. Among the works are conservation of ornamental stones using mortar and mending of cracked beams.
Dr.Kannan also inspected the repair works at rampart wall that is nearing completion. The Additional Chief Secretary also inspected the development of park with Tourism Development Funds at Mukkombu.
He directed the officials to improve the design of the cloak rooms and provide water and drainage connection, reverse osmosis water purification connection to all drinking water outlets, restore science equipment to their original condition; restore water slide; maintain toilets, water fall, toy train, and model scientific equipment for children.
The “balalayam” — the preliminary and preparatory religious rituals for the renovation process — was performed for the 14 gopurams on the premises of the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple on Wednesday.
This is the second phase of the “balalayam” of the gopurams at the temple.
The holy rituals were performed at 14 places, including the Arya Bhatta gopuram, Paramapadavasal gopuram, Nazhi Kaettan gopuram, and Karthigai gopuram.
T. Jayaraman, Joint Commissioner of the temple, said the temple had 21 gopurams. In the first leg of the ceremony on June 29, the balalayam was performed for seven big and major gopurams, including the “rajagopuram”, “thaayar gopuram”, Renga Renga gopuram, and Vellai Gopuram.
The work for renovating the temple commenced with the performance of special puja (Sudharshana homam) at 1,000-pillar mandapam last month. A large number of devotees witnessed the balalayam rituals.
India is strongly rooted in spirituality, and she has withstood various invasions and attacks by virtue of her strong foundation in dharma and ethics, said Aravind Sitaraman, president, Inclusive Growth, CISCO.
Delivering the special address at the third anniversary of the Tiruchi Kendra of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan here on Saturday, he specifically referred to the contributions made by great seers and saints and cited verses and shlokas that referred to the country as Bharathavarsha .
The classification of society on the basis of four professions in the past was not based on caste differences but it was aimed at promoting unity, Mr.Sitaraman said. Mr. Arvind Sitaraman said that every individual should develop sound character and ethics.
A musical discourse on Endarao Mahanubhavulu was presented by Vishaka Hari, noted Harikatha exponent. She paid rich tributes to great saints including Veda Vyasa whose avataram (birth) was marked by Vyasa pournima on Saturday, coinciding with the anniversary of the Tiruchi Kendra.
T.V.Murali, honorary secretary, and S.Chandrakumar, chairman, Tiruchi Kendra, were present.
The main festival will be on July 30
Officials of Sri Jambukeswarar Akilandeswari Temple at Tiruvanaikovil have started pumping water into the temple tank from borewells for Adi float festival scheduled to commence on July 18. The ‘theppam’ will be on July 30.
Three motors with 7 HP capacity each are being operated from the borewells for pumping water into the tank for the past two days and will be used for another 15 days to fill the tank.
The borewells are within the temple precincts and the water pumped out is collected in front of the ‘yanai mandapam’ from where it reaches the tank.
Devotees and pilgrims visiting the temple are elated to cross the sheet of water at the site. Some of them were seen drinking it.
“The tank is bone dry and hence the water will be pumped into the tank daily for about three weeks,” say the temple sources.
The tank, measuring about 300 metres in length and 200 metres in breadth is heavily littered especially with plastic waste.
Even as the water level is seen rising, a large volume of plastic bottles and polythene carry bags are seen floating in it.
R. Kannaiya, executive officer of the temple, said the float festival marked an important occasion for the festival.
The water level was closely monitored and the electric motors will be operated even on July 30. Local residents said the temple authorities should take action to prevent the pollution of the tank.
A large number of devotees from south India participated in the 1017th annual Urs (santhana koodu) festival of the Sufi Saint Hazrath Thable Alam Badusha Nathharvali held on the dargah premises in the city in the early hours of Monday.
The fortnight-long festival began with the hoisting of the holy flag on June 29 and installation of the Banwa Jama Sarguru. The pot containing the sandal paste was brought to the dargah in a decorated chariot from the Gandhi Market.
The sandal paste was anointed on the tomb of Hazrath Thable Alam Badusha by Khalifa Syed Hayath Khalandar Hussainy Suharwardy alias Syed Sadath Suharwardy and Khalifa Syed Mazharuddin Khalandar Suharwardy.
Later, the fakirs belonging to the five Jamas of Sha Banwa, Sha Malang, Sha Tabkhat, Sha Jalal, and Sha Rifayee and the Muzawars anointed the sandal paste in the presence of the chief executive trustee A.D.B. Badhushas, S. Mohamed Mohideen, Public Trustee and M. Syed Ghulam Rasool Suharwardy, Hereditary Trustee.
Special “Fathiha” (prayers) was offered to seek the blessings of the saint. Recital of Maulood Shariff, discourses, rendering of qawwali and Tamil devotional songs marked the occasion.
Shailesh Kumar Yadav, Commissioner of Police, offered prayers in the Dargah on the occasion of urs.
Brick structures replaced with boulders
A pilot project on renovation of a portion of the rampart of the Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple taken up in December last year, is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
A 50-metre stretch was taken up for renovation for the first time by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department.
The project was aimed at estimating the investment that will be required to renovate the entire ramparts spread over the seven “prakarams” (tiruchutru) measuring 32,590 feet approximately 9,934 metres.
The State government had appointed V.T. Narasimhan, former Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, as consultant archaeologist/conservationist, to oversee the project.
According to official sources, the rampart wall was renovated between the junction of the West Uthira Street and South Uthira Street.
Stone boulders which were intact without any damage have been re-built, those damaged boulders were removed.
Brick structures used in the past have been replaced with boulders.
Plant and weed growth were also removed. The renovation is being executed without any compromise in quality, said T. Jayaraman, Joint Commissioner of the temple.
The renovation will strengthen the life of the rampart wall as a conventional mixture of mortar comprising lime mortar, Palmyra seed, jaggery, and sand were used.
The height of the rampart wall is about 18 feet and the boulders were being arranged in nine or 10 piece between columns.
The foundation is laid at a depth of about three-foot below the ground level. Labourers specialised in restoration works are have been working in the project, sources said.