Shiva Krupa

Temples of India signify the very root of Hinduism and its culture. To be worth of the trust reposed by our ancestors, it becomes our primary responsibility to sustain our heritage for generations to come.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Burning the lamps with Water !!

Thiruvarur Temple with Kamalalayam tank 
Thiruvarur is one of the oldest and Holiest shrines of Tamilnadu. Appar's Thevaram supports this view. Vanmeeka natha of Thiruvarur Temple is praised in all the Saivaite Thirumurais. It has been the abode of some Nayanmars like Sundarar, Viranmindar,Naminandi and Dhadiyadigal. According to Appar's Thiruvadhirai Padhigam, devotees from different parts of the land used to assemble for the festival. The Chariot, usually called as "Aazhi Ther " is mentioned in ancient literature.

Thiru neiper Temple
It was Naminandhi Adigal, a brahmin devotee hailed from Thiruneiper , some 10 KM from Thiruvarur ( on the  way to Thiruthuraipoondi) performed a miracle with the Divine Grace of Lord Shiva. He used to walk all the way from his place everyday to reach Thiruvarur temple for serving  The Almighty. He wanted to light ghee lamps at Achaleswara Shrine , located inside the Temple. As he required more ghee for the purpose, he went outside and approached some houses which were close to the Temple. Without knowing that  those houses belonged to Jains, he made the request to them. They laughed at him and refused to give ghee to light the lamps. They even insulted him to go back and  light the lamps by using water drawn from the Temple Tank. Highly wounded by their words, Naminandhi Adigal went back to the Temple and prayed at the feet of The Lord. At that time he heard The Divine Voice asking him to bring water from the tank and light the lamps.

Nayanar lighting lamps before Thyagaraja- A painting at Thiruneiper  
 He obeyed the Lord's advice and brought water from the tank and lighted numerous lamps. It was indeed a miracle that all lamps burned throughout the night to the surprise of everybody. He continued to serve The Lord by shifting his residence from Thiruneiper to Thiruvarur. The Lord even made him realise all people of Thiruvarur are Shiva ganas. The Nayanar's remarkable service is praised by Appar in his Thevaram Hymns.

The damaged portion of the front Mandapam-Thiruneiper
The birthplace of such a great Nayanar at Thiruneiper has an old Shiva Temple. Left uncared for several decades, devotees from outside have  built a small shrine close to the road by facing the main Temple. It was consecrated recently. Efforts are being made to renovate the main Temple  The front mandapam is in a bad shape . It carries some paintings pertaining to the life of Naminandhi Adigal Nayanar. We may lose these paintings if the mandapam is allowed to collapse.

Renovation under progress_Thiruneiper 
The moola murthi of the Nayanar in standing posture with folded hands is seen facing the Sanctum. Plans are there to build a small shrine for him in the outer prakaram. It looks that the whole work will get completed by the end of the year. For more details the archaka may be contacted at 9444812040

It will be a great service if such dilapidated temples are brought back to their original glory. It will also help the archakas of rural temples who struggle to meet their basic needs.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Temples of Pakkam Kottur and Panangattur Restored

Pakkam Kottur as seen in last year
It has always been a matter of concern when we look around and see the disinterest shown towards Historical monuments and Heritage structures. We turn our face shamelessly by not caring  for those priceless treasures left by our ancestors. The neglect is not caused overnight. In most of the cases, the damage has been done slowly over many centuries. As the Monarchy is no longer there, it is left to the Governments at the centre and states to take care of these cultural centres. We admit that there are some dedicated departments framed only to preserve the Heritage sites. The Archaeological Survey is managing many heritage sites but then the question is whether they are  protected well. Displaying blue boards and developing garden around the place alone is not enough. Good governance and follow up are extended only to those sites where people visit in large numbers. Other sites cry for adequate security
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Pakkam Kottur in neglected state
The state Governments do have a ministry to look after the affairs of the Temples. Of late,it is fired by enthusiasts for neglecting ancient Temples which do not have income. The officers appointed for the administration of the temples seldom visit the places of poor income. It is therefore left to the locals and outsiders to  rebuild the dilapidated temples. As the cost of restoration has gone up,  the work gets postponed only to weaken the structure further.

Pakkam Kottur-Neglected state-Another view
With limitations soaring high, philanthropists need to face the challenges to restore the old glory.  We have been repeating the need to act instead of just visiting and publishing the pictures dilapidated structures. We need to mobilise support to act as fast as we can.  It is our experience that joint action of philanthropists and individuals have saved many Temples from ruin. We had been fortunate to participate in the reconstruction and renovation of ancient Temples without altering the  originality.
When we came across a Temple at Pakkam Kottur , a very small village some 20 km from Thiruvarur,we were shocked to find that the locals have practically given up the shine for several decades resulting into the collapse of granite structures in the front. As there was no compound wall, the vandals had freely entered and caused extensive damage to the sculptures that belong to Chola period. Chola inscriptions are still there on the walls.

It was a heart breaking scene to see the idol of the Goddess inside the sanctum in broken condition. The HR &CE department of the Govt of Tamilnadu should be held responsible for the neglect. If someone comes across to take up the renovation work the dept wants them to get permission. When the work  is on progress no officer of the department cares to see what is happening. But they are ready to dictate the date on which the Kumbabishekam can be performed.

Renovation in progress
The donors had to carry out the entire work on their shoulders without getting any support from the department which "runs" the Temple. The granite stones of the front mandapam were numbered and dismantled to remove deep rooted trees and aligned exactly as before based on the numbering done. Nataraja Sabha was also renovated on the same lines.

The renovated look
 The locals had arranged to get the new idols made through donors. Gates were provided for all Sannadhis to ensure security. The consecration was held on 8th November 2015 with the help of Philanthropists. But the Temple still lacks a compound wall around it and the locals are  on the look out for a donor who can complete the  unfinished job.

Panangattur- Then
Panangattur is another tiny village on the border of Tamilnadu with Karaikal. The Shiva Temple at this place was badly in need of donors who could renovate the ancient Temple. We joined the Holy cause by renovating the shrines of Swami, Ambal and building the compound wall with the support of the locals. The consecration was held recently and the Temple is under daily pujas.

Panangattur- Now
Sri Soundhareswarar Temple at Thurayur near Thirumarugal was one more Temple facing extinction. We were blessed to join the locals in rebuilding the shrine which needed urgent attention. The consecration of the Temple was held on 25.10.2015 to the delight of the villagers.
Thurayur- Work in progress 

We earnestly appeal to all like minded people to contribute their might to the Temples which are in negleted state. In the absence of regular income the Temples are in need of external support. We should not remain calm when the Heritage structures are lost one by one. It is high time to act fast and share the message among the like minded generous persons.  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Documentation as tool of Post-Mortem Process?

A Temple with damage wall
What looked good in yesteryears may not necessarily hold good today. Even some time tested theories are undergoing revisions. There are occasions where we are driven to change our views. The concept, ' I am O.K. You are O.K' may be rewritten as ' I was O.K. Today I am not'  It simply means that we need to reshape the past ideologies to suit today's needs. It does not mean anything that results into the loss of ego. On the other hand the revised concept may be more beneficial not only to self but also to others.

When we talk about Heritage and Culture, the need for documentation became necessary to create awareness about our cultural values. We have read about Chola emperors who renovated the Temples built by their ancestors, used to restore the inscriptions . It showed the interest and care taken by them which is instrumental in knowing more about the past. Many inscriptions were documented during British rule and published. Similarly the masterly work of scholars like Neelakanda Sastri , Sadasiva Pandarathar and others help students of History even today.

With the advent of Technology, people started sharing pictures and other details of historical sites by publishing more books. The last decade witnessed the entry of information through various social media. It can not be denied that it did help people to educate themselves by sitting at Home. At the same time we must admit that the  information shared can also go to wrong hands.

There were times when people were prohibited from taking Photographs inside the Temples. It is still in practice at some places like Guruvayur. Let us not debate on how it can affect the sanctity. The more important issue is that Photography helps to speed up the screening process in which the anti socials are involved. I know pretty well that many people will disagree with the view, fearing that the prohibition can kill the interest of Art lovers.

Temples are different from Museums. Let us remember that the very purpose of our entry into a Temple is to worship the deities there. There is no doubt that we can also admire the handwork of the artisans. But there should be a clear demarcation between admiration and  devotion. We admire the sculptures of  horses with warriors , music pillars etc but the very moment we see an idol ,our hands fold unknowingly forgetting that as a piece of Art. It is the very purpose and essence of Idol worship. Once we step into the act of taking Photos and videos  of Main Deities for the purpose of sharing through social media ,  Devotion is lost instantly and we start describing the Murti as the unique piece of Art.
 Of late , some ' Art lovers' are found to post as many as 90 photos of the Temple they visited which includes the pictures of Main Deities. They publish it in social media to make others feel their presence. They bluntly react saying, ' You are telling me? Documentation is the only solution to solve the problem...'  This is where I differ with them. We are not against documentation. But what is the fun in sharing with everybody in the world when your treasures are open to high risk? Art lovers may maintain albums which may be useful in tracing the lost ones and help to identify them as strong evidence in the courts abroad. There have been instances when the idols vanished  soon after the pictures pertained to them were published in social media. If someone talk about the identity and security of antiques, let them answer why the well documented and much publicised Kohinoor Diamond and Tipu Sultan's sword are not returning to the Motherland. Yet we continue to loose our antiques miserably.

When we cry foul, we expect people to re look into the present procedures and try to introduce preventive measures. Museums across the world are exhibiting Indian antiques as their prize possessions in the name of gifts from art lovers. Does it not encourage the smugglers to make money out of it? How can the Museums call it legitimate when it is known pretty well that these antiques are stolen. Why don't they exhibit exemplary stand by denying to accept the property of other countries?  Don't they have the commitment to alert the Interpol and the concerned Governments about the thefts?

Before concluding we wish to  state that documentation can be used as a tool in the post mortem process. The question addressed to the Government is how is that these idols are allowed to get away through the customs? Are they not passing through the scanner when ordinary passengers are subjected to follow? It is a rude shock when we  see historic pieces  as high as six feet and more find place in the museums abroad. How can such a big one miss the attention of the customs authorities apart from skipping the eyes of check post personnel of the origin?  Let the Government take the primary responsibility and answer to the parliament and commit a date before which the lost one can be brought back.

What we believe most is the availability of a Preventive mechanism . Documentation can be a corrective action. Why at all we allow the theft to happen and do very little to counter the challenge before us . Let all art lovers,archaeologists and well wishers unite together under a common umbrella to sort out the problem. Let us not bother that our individuality is lost by doing so. It  will help shedding our ego when we unite for a common cause.

AF rebuilding a Temple wall
Ardhra Foundation always believes to practice before preaching something in the interest of the society. Building Compound walls , providing strong rooms to store idols in rural Temples are some of the initiatives of the foundation.For more details, one may visit our website, ardhra.org  As no single organisation can take up such a huge work in all Temples, we try to inspire people through blogs and direct interactions. At this stage we still lack a comprehensive mechanism to preserve our Heritage sites, the implementation of which is the immediate need of the hour. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Transformation at Karupur

Dilapidated state
It is unbelievable but true. The scene  we saw at Karupur a year back has transformed completely. The Supreme Lord, Garbapureeswara whose sanctum was the only shrine left behind as the sub shrines of the age old Temple had completely dilapidated. Even the eldest of the village could not say when the ruin had started. They assumed that this was the status for many centuries and nobody came forward to rebuild it. But the place continued to carry the historic name as Karupur in official records. It was known as Garbapuri as it granted the prayer of couples who prayed for a child. The Lord and the Goddess,Garba Prathambikai grant the wish even today. It is amazing to see such a powerful place  getting transformation during our lifetime.
Remains of Nandi Mandapam

We saw the Temple for the first time when Ardhra Foundation involved itself in building a shrine for the Goddess at Peravur,located about 2 km from Karupur. The sorry state of the totally crumbled structure of the Sanctum at Karupur had a severe impact on us. We felt that the Temple had to be restored at the earliest . Sharing the news through social media had little impact and it was disappointing to note people failing to extend even a verbal support. But the Grace of  God was the only source of strength to go ahead with the project with the liberal contribution from our Trust members. We knew the limitation of the villagers who relied only on agriculture . Since they could not take over a sizeable part of the renovation and consecration, AF took away the pressure from them and completed the project with the set target of conducting the consecration ceremony in the Tamil month of "Thai " which is the beginning of "Utharayanam " with the auspicious day in Suklapaksham.

Granite Foundation for Swami Sannadhi
It was originally thought to remove the tall trees rooted deep into the Swami vimanam. Once the work started,it was realised that the whole structure right from the foundation was too weak as it was  made of bricks. Reloading with fresh bricks was just impossible since the foundation could not withstand the load over it. Hence it was decided to take photographs of the old structure and rebuild on the same lines. Granite stones were used for laying the foundation. The entrance to both Swami and Devi Sannadhis were also provided with granite stones.

Swami and Devi Sannadhis
After carefully studying the old structure, vimanam was raised over the Sanctum. The next big task was to go for new idols of Ganapathi,Subramanya,Gabaprathambika, Nandi, Chandikeswara  as the same were not there. These idols were made  after careful selection of suitable granite stones and sent to Karupur. They were placed under grains for about a fortnight and also under water for the same period.

The Prakaram was cleaned well and the new Sannadhis for Ganapathi,Subramanya,Goddess, and Chandikeswara were built. But then the dire need of the hour was a compound wall.  Since there were no donors for the ambitious work that could cost very high, we were content to build a fence around the Temple complex.

Ardhra Foundation wishes to place on record the timely support extended by well wishers who arranged for Ashtabandhanam, flowers and Homam materials meant for Yagasalai.We sincerely thank them for the kind support rendered by them.

The holy water was brought from River Veera Chozhan , a tributary of Cauvery that flows nearby. It was kept in front of Sri Athitheswara Swami at Peravur ,2km from Karupur. Then it was brought to Karupur Temple and the priliminary Pujas like Ganapathi Homam,Navagraha Homam,Mruthsangraharanam began simultaneously. Yagasala Pravesam was followed by Kala Pujas in the evening.

Rituals as prescribed by Agamas were carried out for new idols ,by performing Pujas to the Holy Cow, Dhampathis, Veda Vith, Kanya,Brahmachari and Suvasini.

The new idols were installed in the respective places and Ashtabandhanam was applied for all Murthis.

People assembled to witness 4th Kala Puja and Poornahuthi on Sunday, 1st February in large numbers. Thiruvavaduthuai Mutt Thambiran Swamigal and Komal Sri Sekar graced the occasion. Gatams were taken in a procession and reached the top of the Vimanams. The crowd was thrilled to see Garuda making circles around the Temple at the Time of Consecration. The Holy water was poured over the Kalasams of all vimanams and sprinkled on the devotees. It was followed by Mahabhishekam at all Sannadhis.

Good arrangements were made during the occasion and AF thanks all those who worked together to receive the blessings of Sri Garbapureeswara Swami and Sri Garbapradhambika Devi. May The Divine couple shower their blessings to all. It was indeed a great satisfaction not only to Ardhra Foundation but to the villagers of Karupur as well.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Calling Philanthropists

The purpose of writing blogs on Dilapidated Temples is to inspire the people and focus their attention towards early rebuilding of the Heritage structures. Most of us know very well that these posts carry serious message of concern on the utter neglect shown and the failure to preserve the ancient structures. It is therefore sincerely hoped to find philanthropists who can help preserve the historic Temples. At the same time an equal amount of involvement is expected from the locals who can maintain the Temples after restoration.

If we  take a semicircular tour from Thiruvidaimarudur to Aduthurai, we come across many Temples which cry for immediate attention in  small villages en route. To start the tour, a 3 km drive towards north of Thiruvidaimarudur takes us to a place called Thirukkudiththittai also known as Thirukuzhithattai where we find the Temple of Chola period. Sri Vedhanayaki Sametha Sri Vedhapureeswara swami Temple , not a very big Temple though, was in ruins sometime back. The villagers began the restoration work and removed the wild growth from all vimanams. During this process, they had to dismantle the structure and reassemble it stone by stone by carefully numbering them.

The Temple carries Chola inscriptions on the walls and it is believed to be of Raja Raja's period. On the outer walls we notice devakoshtams for Ganapathi, Dhakshinamurthi, Mahavishnu, Brahma and Durga. The Mahamandapam is common for both Swami and Ambal Sannadhis.

A broken idol of Sage Agasthya is found in the Mahamandapam. Sun's rays fall on the Main Deity in the Tamil month of Chithirai ( from 3rd -13th) and again in the month of Avani (from 1st to 10th). at 6 o'clock in the morning.

A sculpture showing  Shiva Linga worship of a devotee (a King ?) with his family is seen on the outer wall. It is possible that he is closely associated with the Temple.

It is pretty hard to find the Temple tank though it is right behind the sanctum. It is due to the presence of thick growth of plants surrounding the water body. The villagers are taking steps to remove the plants and make the area usable.

Since the painting of the structure is the only major work pending as of now, one can expect that the Temple will be consecrated in the next couple of months.The villagers expect help from outside the village to meet the Kumbabhishekam expenses.

We need to return to Thiruvidaimarudur to proceed towards South wherein we find row of Temples in seven places which were sponsored by Kings and Philanthropists . These endowments were called "Kattalais" and the places themselves were called as "Mudhal Kattalai, Irandaam Kattalai"and so on. They extend upto Eravancheri and Thiruveezhimizhalai.

Of the seven places, only few are in good condition. Others are either dilapidated or partly renovated. The Temples of those places which are under the grip of other religions are worst affected as there are nobody to take care of them.

A visit to "Mudhal Kattalai"makes us painful. As the Ambal Sannadhi is not there, it is being built . Foundation work is over and it has come upto the ground level. The compound wall is yet to be built. The idols are kept inside the thatched shed and the Puja is held there. The villagers pray for early completion of work and leave it to God Himself.

"Irandaam Kattalai " must be hardly 2 km from Mudhal kattalai. Big cracks are found on the walls of the Temple here. The Temple Sri Kamakshi Sametha Sri Kailasa natha swami Temple of Irandaam Kattalai was under the maintainence of Agraharam which was located close to the shrine. As the migration of people from this village started, the downslide started for the Temple for want of caretakers. Had those migrated persons continue to contribute for the maintainance of the Temple, such damage might have been prevented. May good sense prevail atleast from now onwards, so that the natives of the place visit their ancestral village and take care of the Temple.

Aaraam Kattalai is now known as Ammankudi, a famous shrine for Goddess Durga. Kailasanatha Swami Temple of Ammankudi is maintained well as people come here in good numbers.  
All these Temples have agricultural lands gifted by Emperors and well wishers. Though they come under HR&CE department of the Government no effort has been made to renovate them. Those who are still living in these villages are helpless and remain as mere witnesses. But they are ready to contribute whatever they can. Hence the arrival of Philanthropists to these Temples becomes the need of the hour. It becomes the way of the world to see that some Philanthropists are busy in building Temples abroad and being appreciated by one and all. Gone are the days  when special focus was given to rural Temples sung in Thevaram Hymns. It is not known why their successors fail to continue the great job done by their ancestors.

We once again appeal to the natives of the respective villages to compensate the loss caused due to their migration. It is meaningless to build a new Temple in the colonies where they reside in urban areas and ignore the place where they were brought up. Let them remember that these old Temples carry forward the power generated due to worship made in many centuries. Let them also remember that many of these shrines were built by great souls who never expected anything in return. The Temples do carry forward their glory through Sthala Puranams, the age old Sthala Vrikshams and the Holy Tanks apart from the deities  which are housed. This aspect is totally absent in Modern Temples. Despite these missing factors, people stand in long queues , buy special dharshan tickets ,purchase "Prasadams "from stalls and offer generously in the Hundis. It becomes our moral responsibility to appeal to the Philanthropists to come forward in rebuilding the old Temples of the land. We as ordinary citizens can also contribute to the Holy cause by offering atleast 2% of our income and support the affordable persons who may contribute liberally.   

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Renovating Dilapidated Temples

It is only God's grace that makes wonders. The first look at the dilapidated Temple at Karuppur near Aduthurai made us to think that very little could be done to save the old structure as the entire shrine was facing collapse at any time especially after a monsoon. It was firmly under the grip of very thick roots of huge trees and it was impossible to save even a small part of it. Moreover the temple was built with bricks right from the foundation. The bricks had become too old to withstand the load over the weak foundation. It was too dangerous to cut a part of the tree as the bricks would give way leading to the collapse of the sanctum and it was also too risky to do the job which could cause serious injuries to the artisans. However, the pulling down of the trees along with the old structure was done very carefully and a new foundation was laid with granite stones.  The sanctum  is raised over the raised platform and the job is expected to be completed before the end of the month. As the Ambal shrine had crumbled and only the debris could be seen, we had to build a new sannadhi for the Goddess in the same place after laying a new foundation. New sannadhis are to be built for Ganapathi,Subramanya & Chandikeswara. A compound wall has to be built around the Temple complex.
Sikanatha swami Temple at Kottur is being renovated without losing its old splendour. Terracotta figures on the vimanam are carefully renewed. The granite slabs of the front mandapam gad to be numbered and dismantled to remove the roots of the trees that had gone deep and developed cracks. Now the slabs are reassembled properly and the whole structure presents the original look. Work on Ambal sannadhi has just started.  A wall has to be constructed around the Temple and the locals are looking for donors for the same. Interested persons may contact 09585160960 for more details.



The locals at Enangudi term it as a miracle as it was unbelievable before three months that such a ruined temple would be restored back so soon. Lord Shiva has answered our prayers and the Kumbabishekam was conducted on 9th July after undergoing a marathon renovation work in a record time. Each part of the Temple had to be renovated and that was the reason why we thought it was nothing but God's grace that made it happen.


As we were on the way to visit two more dilapidated temples near Karaikal, we had to pass through a recently renovated Shiva temple at P. Kondhagai near Thittacheri. A brilliant job has been done over there and all those involved deserve praise. Lord Panchavaneswarar in huge Linga form gives dharshan in the sanctum.


Panangattur got the name as we still see numerous palm trees around the place.  A big Lingam under a thatched shed is seen near a cluster of palm trees. A shrine for Him is being planned. 

The ruins of the Shiva Temple in Panangattur is  similar to what we have seen in Karuppur. The brick structure has too many cracks and the roots of the tall trees have penetrated through the gaps. A new sannadhi in the same place is being planned after pulling down the ruined sanctum. The Balalayam ceremony has been conducted some 10 days back in order to start the renovation work.


The Shiva  Temple  at Kuthalam near Narimanam has many cracks on the roof of the front mandapam. It has to be repaired first and finishing touches are to be given for the terracotta figures before painting them. Compound wall has gone at some places and immediate attention is required to arrest further damage.    Since CPCL and ONGC are closely located, their employees can lend support in rebuilding the Chola Temple and consecrate it at an early date. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Vaippu sthalams under renovation

There are times when we are blessed to have dharshan of Temples whose whereabouts were not known earlier.  Many such things do happen even though we never attempt to see the details associated with them. They just come on the way to prove the point that we must be extremely lucky to be blessed. Our recent visits to Cauvery Delta were an eye opener to understand the Grace of God in this way.

When we were involved in the renovation work at Peravur, we were shown the dilapidated Temple at Karuppur ,located nearby. Kaanchivaai is another place where there is a Shiva Temple that can be reached from Karuppur. A thought struck my mind when I recalled the Hymn of Sundarar sung at Nannilam which is not far away from this location.

" கச்சியன் இன் கருப்பூர் விருப்பன் கருதிக் கசிவார் உச்சியன்...."  This is how the Hymn goes. The term Kachchi is another form of referring Kanchi. Instead of assuming that this term refers to Kanchipuram, it looks apt if we consider Kaanchivaai as the real meaning of it. It is also supported by the fact that Karuppoor is hardly 3 km from it. So it is not wrong to assume that both Kanchivaai and Karuppur of this region are Thevara vaippu sthalams. At present many authors believe that Karuppur is the one which is on Kumbakonam- Anaikarai road.

Similarly there is no explanation available for the whereabouts of a place called Kooroor mentioned by Thirugnanasambandhar. When we were travelling from Nachiyarkoil to Nannilam, we saw a tall Raja Gopuram close to the road. We stopped the car when we saw the name board as "Koogoor" . I suddenly remembered the Hymn of Sambandhar and went straight to the Temple with the hope that it could be "Kooroor"referred in Thevaram. Our assumption was right when we entered the Temple where we could see many inscriptions of Chola period.

This place finds a place in the first Hymn of Gnanasambandhar's "Kshetra kovai"
" ஆரூர் தில்லை அம்பலம் வல்லம் நல்லம் வட கச்சியும் அச்சிறுபாக்கம் நல்ல  கூரூர்  குடவாயில்....."
It is nice to see that the renovation work is under progress at this Temple.

The dilapidated Temple at Karuppur was in a neglected state and required immediate attention as most of the sannadhis and murthis were missing. Hence it became imperative to build a new Temple at the same place as the old structure had completely collapsed. Work was started about a month ago and the foundation for Swami and Ambal sannadhis were constructed . Lot more work remains to be carried out to finish the project.

An almost similar situation prevailed at Pazhi Anjiya Nallur near Thiruneelakkudi,off Aduthurai. Ambal sannadhi was not there and a new one had to be constructed. Foundation was laid and the sannadhi is exected to be ready in a month.

Work at Enangudi is in full swing as the consecration ceremony is fixed for 9th July. After renovating the vimanams of the Temple, we had to rebuild the compound wall at many places after removing the deeply penetrated trees. New bricks are to be laid over the roof of the Mahamandapam to prevent leakage of rain water. The small Gopuram at the entrance has to be plastered and painted within a month.

Swami sannadhi vimanam was taken up for renovation at Sikanathaswami Temple, Kottur, near Thirukkannapuram. Gopuja and Rudra Homam were organised recently by the locals to seek the blessings of the Lord.

It is really pleasant when we are blessed to serve those places which were not known to us earlier. The unparalleled support of the locals makes us more enthusiastic and drive us vigorously. There are many vaippu sthalams which are still left uncared. Philanthropists should renovate them before it is too late.  That is the reason why we have been insisting on field work rather than simply talking about Heritage and glory of the past. If we fail to save the remaining Temples from ruin, we will be left with nothing except the recorded History.