Sunday, 2 March 2014

The other side of the temple . . .

The Chidambaram temple looks far cleaner than it was some years ago. One assumes that the state management of the place has to do with the cleanliness.

(The state had taken charge by its order which was then  challenged by the Dikshitar community which eventually won its case in the Supreme Court. The court ruled that the state had no grounds to take over on the charge that there was mismanagement by the Dikshitars.)

And yet when you walk around the temple, to parts that are not frequented by devotees and pilgrims and by the people of this town, you find that sculptures are eroding and falling off and the walls are in bad shape.

Clearly, spaces as large and so well crafted of great temples like this one are hardly used and they slowly tend to fall into disuse.

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