Sri Kothandarama Swamy Temple to be renovated soon
To protect heritage: Members of the committee discussing renovation work to be done at the Sri Kothandarama Swamy Temple at Ayothiapattinam near Salem on Sunday. -
SALEM: The 400-year-old HR and CE-controlled Sri Kothandarama Swamy Temple at Ayothiapattinam, which houses many exquisite sculptures and paintings, near here will be renovated soon.
The majestic temple will soon have its Rajagopuram renovated at a cost of Rs. 8.30 lakh of which Rs. 4 lakh would be borne by the government.
The rest of the amount for other renovation works would be met from public contribution.
It is one of the few temples where Sri Ramar, the presiding deity could be seen in coronation ceremony.
The first meeting of the Renovation Committee was held on its premises on Sunday in which Committee Chairman and industrialist Selvamaligai S. Manickam and others members took part.
The HR and CE had formed a 25-member committee for the temple renovation in which vice chairman S. Balasundaram and Executive Officer Chandraprakasam took part.
Mr. Manickam said that the committee after its discussion had decided to preserve the rare sculptures and paintings in the temple.
“The services of experts will be requisitioned for the same,” he said.
The committee thanked Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam for initiating steps to form the committee to save the temple from further deterioration.
It also decided to go to people to collect funds for renovation works.
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