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.


Bangalore Flower Show: Qutub Minar all set to steal the show

The stage is set for a grand opening of the 119th horticultural show at Lalbagh here from Tuesday till January 27. The annual show is organised by the Mysore Horticultural Society in association with the State Department of Horticulture on the occasion of Republic Day.

The Chairman of the Mysore Horticultural Society N Jayaram told mediapersons that the main feature will be competition between government offices such as Raj  Bhavan, Vidhan Soudha, police department, schools and colleges, ministers’ bungalows, gardens, public sector undertakings like HAL, ITI, BEML, BHEL, Rail Wheel Factory, Indian Institute of Management, Mahanagara Palike, BDA, Private Bungalows, IT Gardens, Military Gardens, Leela Palace and Sarvalin, Hotel Samrat, The Bell Hotel, Safina Hotel, Hotel Gateway, Htel Cosmos, Taj West End, Sri Satya Saibaba Ashram and super speciality hospital gardens, and others.

More entries this time

This year, 485 entries came for garden competition as againt 435 last year, 292 for Ike Bana, Bonsai Show and vegetable carving competition as against 275 last year, and 474 exhibits  in the main horticultural show at glass house as against 461 last year.

Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is scheduled to inaugurate the show on Tuesday at the Glass House at 3 pm. Horticulture Minister Umesh Katti, Transport and Bangalore South District in-charge Minister R Ashoka, BJP MP Ananth Kumar, MLA Dr Hemachandra Sagar, BBMP Administrator K M Shivakumar, IAS officer SG Hegade would attend the function.

The attraction this year will be the floral Qutub Minar, Cauvery Matha, Orchids Show, Dutch Flower Arrangement, Great Ike-Bana, Interstate Participation, Winter Flowers, Indo-American Hybrid Seeds Company display and Nursery requirement.

The entry fees for adults will be Rs 30 on working days and Rs 40 on holidays and Rs 10 for the children.

The Horticulture Department has requested people not to bring any food packets and all litter, trash or waste is to be dropped at random. Buses and lorries will not be allowed into the Lalbagh. Heavy vehicles may be parked at the KH Road and Hopcom premises.
 Two-wheelers and bicycles will be  allowed to enter through double road entrance and will be parked at the KG Tower near parking area.

 Four-wheeled light vehicles will be allowed to enter through south gate (Siddapura Gate) and should be parked at the nearest place and exit out through the same gate. Entry tickets will be issued at all the entry points. Issuing tickets will cease at 6 pm. All the visitors, their Cameras and luggage would undergo inspection at entry level.

From Deccan Herald