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.
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
If i tell you that the find is on this wall, am sure you will be shaking your head. am not joking.
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?
The larger question now, is the date of the basic brick structure and the date of these paintings?