Nagercoil: Monument found near temple in Kalliyankadu

Pillars have beautiful carvings of flowers and animals

The entrance of the platform has a playing board of leopard and goat game

“Enact an Act to protect various unprotected heritage buildings”

NAGERCOIL: The district unit of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage(INTACH) has found a stone madam near Siva temple in Kalliyankadu near Nagercoil recently.

The former Principal Scientist of CMFRI and also the convener of INTACH, R.S. Lal Mohan said that the madam was concealed due to the growth of shrubs and bushes. The 10 x 5 x 2 metre stone madam of archaeological importance has four pillars in the front and another four at the back side of madam.

The front pillars has beautiful sculptures of flowers, lion, swan, tortoise and other symbols.

The carvings have lasted for many years. The platform of the madam also has four pillars. The entrance of the platform has a playing board of leopard and goat game, which was once famous in the villages.

Probably people could have assembled in the madam to play games and spend their time leisurely.

The roof of the madam has sculptures of lotus flowers. One of the beams in the front side of the pillar has a large fish symbol of Pandya kings. Out of many such stone madams examined, this was the first one with such exquisite carved stones. It could be treated as one of the lesser known tourist spot of the district and hence the district administration should allot adequate fund to provide infrastructure facilities to attract both foreign and domestic tourists.

Though the stone madam is of archaeological importance, it was not well protected. Hence INTACH was urging the Government to bring legislation to protect the unprotected archaeological monuments. Though the Tamil Nadu Ancient and Historical monuments and Archeological sites and Remains Act, 1966 offered protection to protected monuments, there was no legislation to protect the unprotected heritage buildings or monuments. It might have been noted that the States of Gujarat and Maharastra had already been enacted laws to protect the unprotected heritage buildings and monuments.

Hence it was high time that the Government should enact an Act to protect various unprotected heritage buildings in different parts of the State, said Lal Mohan.

From THE HINDU

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