ASI sites in Wayanad remain neglected
The Janardhana and Vishnu temples at Punchavayal, close to Panamaram, in Wayanad remain neglected regardless of the Union authorities declaring the heritage sites as nationwide monuments six years in the past. The restoration works of these dilapidated sites remain on paper, blamed on the alleged negligence of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The ASI declared the Janardhana and Vishnu temples (Janardhanagudi and Vishnugudi), temples at a distance of practically 700 metres, nationwide monuments in 2015 and erected invoice boards to the identical close to them, A. Rajan, a farmer close to the positioning mentioned. A bit of the ‘gopuram’ of the Janardhana temple collapsed in rain seven years in the past, destroying sculptures on the stonewalls, he mentioned.
“As the dilapidated huge stone structure with intricate carvings in the middle of the temple complex may collapse any time, a quick intervention of ASI to conserve it is imperative,” he mentioned.
Nearly 300 carvings on the large stone pillars have survived the passage of time. They embrace a sculpture of a person catching fish, a conflict scene that includes tuskers, different such conflict scenes, a number of erotic sculptures, a stone edict in previous Kannada script, Jain deities, and sculptures of the Dashavathara.
The intricate and elaborate carvings on the pillars are in a dilapidated state attributable to lengthy years of neglect.
The fashion of the sculptures and a stone edict on a wall of the Janardhana temple in previous Kannada script point out these temples might have been constructed in the course of the reign of the Hoysala or Vijayanagara dynasties in the Deccan plateau from the twelfth to 14th centuries.
When contacted, sources in the ASI, Thrissur circle, mentioned documentation works of the buildings had been accomplished and conservation works can be taken up quickly. The delay was owing to the outbreak of COVID-19.