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Sunday, June 26, 2011

ARCHEOLOGICAL RESTORATION: 17th century Pudu Mandapam to be restored to its splendour!


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PTI / The Hindu.

The Pudu Mandapam, near the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. Photo: G. Moorthy
The Pudu Mandapam, near the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. Photo: G. Moorthy - The Hindu.

The appeal of the Mandapam has been marred for decades now by shops selling clothes, books and vessels
The splendour and beauty of the famous 17th century ‘Pudu Mandapam’ (new hall) here, a major tourist attraction known for its pillar sculptures, would be restored by removing all shops that have been functioning there for over several decades, a senior official has said.
It is a major attraction of tourists, including foreigners, who throng the ancient city throughout the year.
However, its beauty has been marred by the shops selling clothes, books and vessels for several decades.

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