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Archive for January 18th, 2011

We do come across ruined sites quite often. In India t is a problem of plenty, if not each of these would be a national treasure. But then, the brick temple in Pullalur struck a raw chord.
a crumbling treasure in pullalur

Despite the short time we spent there due to the deteriorating light, risky conditions ( no lunch !) n threat of snakes around, there was a feeling which cannot be explained in words. I talked of the sad plight of this mighty structure to everyone i met and luckily impressed on Mr Chandra of REACH Foundation to do a followup visit. My idea was to get some closeups of the Vimana and also the Sudhai ( lime and mortar figurines there) - so that we may have possible clues to tentatively date this structure.

vimana+sudhai
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sudhai+work+on+vimana4

Chandra did one step better. He took Dr.T. Satyamurthy, along with him and rest …is best to give a blow by blow account.

It was around 4.00 PM my time, when Shankar texts me - ” Reach team has found some remains of paintings”
Me. ” Which temple?”
Shankar : Pullalur !
Me: Which one in Pullalur
Shankar: Brick - ruined one.
Me: OMG, calling you ….

But, why did we miss it in the first instance ? Take a look yourself and judge

sri+TS+inspecting

If i tell you that the find is on this wall, am sure you will be shaking your head. am not joking.

looks+like+plain+wall
notice+the+paintings
so+much+details+two+faces
so+much+to+see

Not convinced yet. Then our overlooking them is forgiven. There are four people with fantastic ornamentation, ornate crowns and if you are sharp enough - can even spot the eye brows and bulging eyes. Who could they be?

crown+detail
details+of+the+paintings
fantastic+ornaments
notice+eye+brow
notice+eye+brow+face
so+much+details
the+face+on+extreme+left

The larger question now, is the date of the basic brick structure and the date of these paintings?

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