Meenakshi temple

Heritage in peril

Print edition : March 16, 2018

The Veera Vasantha Rayar Mandapam after the fire was put out on February 3. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Fire engulfs the Veera Vasantha Rayar Mandap in the Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple in Madurai on February 2. Photo: G. Moorthy

An inside view of the Aayiram Kaal Mandap. Photo: G. Moorthy

Shopkeepers at the Puthu Mandap clear the piles of garbage that had accumulated over the years, on February 5. Photo: R. Ashok

The Golden Lotus pond in the Meenakshi temple complex. Photo: S. James

Shops at the Puthu Mandap inside the temple. Photo: S. James

Shop owners vacating the temple premises. Photo: S. Krishnamoorthy

The destruction of an iconic mandap in the Meenakshi temple in Madurai highlights the shoddy efforts of the temple administration in preserving the heritage structure in Tamil Nadu.

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