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Tue, 14/02/2017 - 17:23

The ancient Janardhana and Vishnu temples at Punchavayal, near Panamaram, in Wayanad remain neglected in spite of an announcement by the Union government in 2009 that the two Jain temples would be declared national monuments. The then Union Minister V. Narayanasamy had announced in the Lok Sabha in 2009 that the Centre would declare as national monuments the Vishnu temple and the Janardhana temple, located at a distance of nearly 700 metres from one another. The Archaeological Survey of India declared the Vishnu temple a national monument in September last, and the authorities visited the site as part of it, but the restoration work is yet to be launched. However, there has been no final notification of declaring the Janardhana temple a national monument. A portion of the ‘gopuram’ of the temple had collapsed in rain two years ago and sculptures on the stone walls were destroyed. Nearly 300 carvings on the huge stone pillars have survived the passage of time. A sculpture of a fishing man, a primitive war scene featuring tuskers, a stone edict in old Kannada script, figures of Jain deities and sculptures of the ‘Dashavathara’ still stand. The intricate and elaborate carvings on the pillars remain in a dilapidated state due to long years of neglect.

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