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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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Pillar sculptures are a treat and when they are in the hands of a master story teller - then its double the entertainment. Sadly, most of these tales have been lost on us, and so we cannot appreciate what is said by the sculptor. We take one such sculpture today from Perur.

Bordering the side of the shops, most visitors would miss this interesting tell tale or tale telling sculpture. We need to did back into the British Univ archives to dig out this frame.

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Can’t find him, here you go.

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To give you an orientation, the steps you see are the steps to the Kanagasabhai. so you can visualise where this pillar is. Present day, rope included he is like this.

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But what intrigued us was this cast away broken pillar with the same motif.

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A closeup of him again.

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While talking with Artist Padmavasan, he mentioned that he had sketched this pillar as well and shared his with us.

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So what is the story depicted in this panel - well, we saw the entire episode carved in the Sesharaya Mandaba in Srirangam in a previous post. Here you go..

Great Escape from a croc’s belly

But how did the pillars break - and is it a replica that we see today ?

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