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ஸ்ரீரங்கம் ரங்கநாதர் கோயிலில் 14 கோபுரங்&#



திருச்சி : திருச்சி ஸ்ரீரங்கத்தில் உள்ள பிரசித்திபெற்ற ரங்கநாதர் கோயிலில் கும்பாபிஷேகம் நடத்துவதற்காக ரூ.10.45 கோடி மதிப்பீட்டில் திருப்பணிகள், கடந்த 5ம் தேதி துவங்கியது. கோயிலின் முக்கிய மண்டபங்கள், மேல்தளங்களில் சாரம் அமைக்கப்பட்டு சீரமைப்பு பணிகள் நடைபெற்று வருகின்றன. கோயிலில் 7 பிரகாரங்கள், 21 கோபுரங்கள் உள்ளன. முதற்கட்டமாக 7 கோபுரங்களில் திருப்பணிகள் கடந்த மாதம் 29ம் தேதி தொடங்கியது.

ராஜகோபுரம், இதையடுத்துள்ள 2 கோபுரங்கள், ரங்கா, ரங்கா கோபுரம், கிழக்கு வாசல் வெள்ளை கோபுரம், வடக்கு வாசல் தாயார் சன்னதி கோபுரம், மேல வாசல் கோபுரம் ஆகிய 7 கோபுரங்களில் பாலாலயம் செய்யப்பட்டு சாரம் அமைக்கும் பணிகள் மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டுள்ளன. மீதமுள்ள 14 கோபுரங்களுக்கும் நாளை மறுதினம் (9ம் தேதி) பாலாலயம் செய்து திருப்பணிகள் மேற்கொள்ளப்பட உள்ளன. ராஜகோபுர திருப்பணிகளுக்காக சாரம் அமைக்கும் பணி நேற்று துவங்கியது. இதற்காக ஏராளமான சவுக்கு கட்டைகள் கோபுர வாசல் அருகே கொண்டுவரப்பட்டுள்ளன.

சமயபுரம்: திருச்சி சமயபுரத்தில் உள்ள பிரசித்தி பெற்ற மாரியம்மன் கோயில் உள்ளது. பழனி முருகன் கோயிலுக்கு அடுத்தபடியாக, தமிழகத்தில் அதிக வருவாய் உள்ள கோயில். இங்கு ராஜகோபுரம், 3 நிலை கோபுரம் அமைக்க முடிவெடுக்கப்பட்டு, திட்ட மதிப்பீடு அரசு ஒப்புதலுக்கு அனுப்பப்பட்டது. இதற்கு அனுமதி கிடைத்துள்ளது. இதன்படி கிழக்குப்புறம் ரூ.3.15 கோடியில் 7 நிலை கொண்ட ராஜகோபுரமும், மேற்குப்புறம் ரூ. 75 லட்சத்தில் 3 நிலை கொண்ட கோபுரம் கட்டும் பணியும் அடுத்த மாதம் துவங்க உள்ளது. அடுத்த ஆண்டு ஜனவரியில் கும்பாபிஷேகத்தை நடத்த திட்டமிடப்பட்டுள்ளது.

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Restoration works at Srirangam, Thiruvanaikovil temples reviewed


Park being developed with Tourism Development Funds


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.
 

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‘Balalayam’ for 14 gopurams



Priests performing the 'Balalayam' puja at theSri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam on Wednesday.— PHOTO: A. MURALITHARAN


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.
 

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Spirituality stands country in good stead’



Aravind Sitaraman, president, Inclusive Growth, CISCO, speaking at third anniversary celebration of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tiruchi Kendra, in Tiruchi on Saturday.— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

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.
 

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Tiruvanaikovil pond comes alive for float festival



Water being pumped in from the borewells into the tank at Tiruvanaikovil temple ahead of the float festival which begins on July 18. Photo: B.Velankanni Raj


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.
 

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Large turnout at Natharvali Baba’s urs



The sandal paste being brought into the Hazrath Natharvali Dargah in Tiruchi on Monday.— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM


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.

Five fakirs

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.
 

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Renovated rampart wall to be ready soon





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.

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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
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