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Its been another eventful December in the land of ancestors and thanks to friends, have tonnes of information to feature. Quite a few sad sights were also there, but nothing as shocking as the plight of the temple pillars of Perur. I had earlier featured the amazing pillar - which describes the story of Hanuman coming out of the crocodile’s belly.

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But the orientation of the pillars in the previous post was not correct. Verified my doubts this time - the pillar in antique photo is the one that was broken n found in the garden inside the temple.

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While the unbroken pillar is seen behind the door of the shop on your left as you pass the main gopuram entrance.

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Apart from that broken pillar, there were many more pillars stacked in the small garden.

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So, this time with news of the Temple restoration ( always view that with circumspect dread !) and consecration - went over to get another view of the beauties in the temple.

After parking our vehicle, before going inside the temple, i went over to the small sculpture shop ( sirppak koodam) to pay respects to the artists. But what greeted me churned my insides and almost made me faint.

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Sewage and refuse covering up the beautiful pillars albiet damaged, they could be shown some respect. My worst fears were confirmed, yes - the Hanuman pillar has also been dumped into the trash.

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When only Gold and diamonds are considered precious and when even they are not secure, what value are these mere stone carvings to these mortals.

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23 Comments so far

Kathie B.
  1  

What were they thinking?

December 29th, 2010 at 13:48
  2  

IDIOTIC IGNORANT STUPID PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 29th, 2010 at 14:20
  3  

Hanuman escaped from crocodile’s mouth but caught in the hands of these ignorant fellow Indians!!

December 29th, 2010 at 14:21
  4  

Vj,

Can you also let us know where this temple is found?

Tnx

Shri

December 29th, 2010 at 14:21
Mrs.Vetri Manian
  5  

Truly sad state of affairs.But is the temple at Perur near Coimbatore?

December 29th, 2010 at 14:51
Mouli
  6  

appalling site.. my god..no words to express my agony :-(

December 29th, 2010 at 14:51
Mouli
  7  

sorry for the typo..i meant to type sight and ended up typing site..

December 29th, 2010 at 19:43
  8  

Dear Mrs Maran - Yes its the Perur Patteswarar temple

rgds
vj

December 29th, 2010 at 20:56
  9  

Sad :(

December 30th, 2010 at 16:25
venkata rao
  10  

we know not our cultural wealth i f somebody comes by smears sandal paste and say worshipping thishanuman will will relase u from debts nbext u may hanuman bedecked and worshipped

December 30th, 2010 at 17:49
  11  

வேதனை தரும் விஷயம். சிதம்பரத்தில் உள்ளது போல் கனகசபை இங்குதான் உள்ளது. தொல்பொருள் துறையின் பராமரிப்பில் இருக்க வேண்டிய கோயில் கல்வெட்டுகளும், சிற்பங்களின் நிலையும் கண்ணீரை வரவழைக்கிறது. இங்கு கல்லில் செதுக்கப்பட்ட சங்கிலிகளைக் கண்டுதான் என் தந்தையும் சாக்பீஸில் அதே போல் செய்து தான் பணியாற்றிய தூய மைக்கேல் மேனிலைப் பள்ளியில் வைத்தார். இப்போது அது இருக்குமிடம் தெரியவில்லை. அதன் செய்முறை பயிற்சி எனக்கு அளித்த தந்தையார் அதன் புகைப்பட நகலையும் என்னிடம் அளித்துவிட்டு மறைந்து விட்டார்.
அது சொல்லும் கதைகள் ஏராளம். உணர்வார்களா பொறுப்புள்ள அதிகாரிகள்? அவர்களின் அலட்சியத்தை தண்டிக்க சட்டத்தில் இடமுண்டா?

December 31st, 2010 at 9:12
  12  

AS ATRUE DEVOTEE OF LORD HANUMAN, MY BLOOD IS BOILING!I PRAY TO LORD RAMA TO TAKE CARE OF ALL OF US.

January 1st, 2011 at 23:45
pravin
  13  

its a sad plight for these great sculptures.. but pretty soon some Indian will get ideas to use them as granite slabs.. which will add insult to the existing injury!

Sarvam Krishnaarpanam !

January 7th, 2011 at 14:07
Vasu Subrahmanyam
  14  

Its truly painful to see the historical and cultural wealth of India strewn in the gutter. May I suggest that the management of Dakshin Chitra on OMR/Chennai be approached to help salvage the discarded sculpture for possible relocation to a more hospitable environment? As a 3rd generation Malaysian who derives emotional and spiritual sustenance from India, I have been contributing (in a small way) to the preservation of our common heritage. I wish I could do more and pray that those fortunate and blssed to have been born in that punya bhoomi will realize their obligations to future generations.

January 8th, 2011 at 6:01
Karthik
  15  

Would it, in your opinion, be OK for a private collector to take the pillars into his/her possession (provided one can move them, of course) to adorn, say, some garden? Or would you be opposed to such a move?

January 14th, 2011 at 20:39
K. Karthick Prabu
  16  

“”nallathor veenai seithu adan nalam keda pulithil erivathndo”"”"

really its huriable :(

January 19th, 2011 at 16:49
Vasu Subrahmanyam
  17  

Would it, in your opinion, be OK for a private collector to take the pillars into his/her possession (provided one can move them, of course) to adorn, say, some garden? Or would you be opposed to such a move?

If the choice is between lying discarded in a gutter or preserved for posterity in some garden (private or public) I would choose the latter. I have, for example, managed to save from a construction dump, 80 year old teak pillars which once supported the trusses of a south indian house. Its been twenty years since I installed them at home here and they have never failed to stir poignant conversations among my visitors about India, its arts, architecture and the artistry of its people.

January 22nd, 2011 at 16:13
  18  

@ Mr Vasu - there are still technically ` protected’ heritage treasures. We have taken up with the authorities and hopefully this will be settled soon. Tks for the concern

rgds
vj

January 24th, 2011 at 6:41
Karthik
  19  

@Vijay,

Thanks for clearing that up. So, there is no need for anyone of us to step in to try rescue these treasures.

@Vasu,

I agree with you about doing whatever it takes to preserve them for posterity.

January 24th, 2011 at 21:45
Vasu Subrahmanyam
  20  

‘Poetry in Stone’ is perhaps evidence that all is not lost in the struggle to preserve what we rightfully should. As Indian society continues to struggle between continuity and change, between preserving the ‘poetry in stone’ and succumbing to the plastic sophistication of ‘modern life’, it is reassuring to note the sense and sensibility that springs through this site. Thank you Vijay and all the unnamed mahanubhavas.

January 27th, 2011 at 18:46
  21  

dear Vasu sir,

thanks for the nice words. we need more help and people to contribute - with photos !

vj

January 28th, 2011 at 9:50
J.Balachandran
  22  

I really shocked on seeing the broken pillars. It is foolish act of evil creatures

February 13th, 2011 at 22:17
s v amirdha
  23  

sad sight! As some people have suggested hope some organisations help in restoring these treasures !!

November 19th, 2013 at 18:00

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