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1) Srirangam temple bags UNESCO award

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Its renovation and restoration project competed with similar conservation projects from 9 countries

The massive renovation and restoration effort at the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, executed through the public-private partnership model, has won the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit 2017 for cultural heritage conservation.


The temple bagged one of the four Awards of Merit from a jury comprising nine international conservation experts, which considered conservation projects from 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region.

The renovation of the temple began in June 2014 at the behest of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who was elected from the Srirangam constituency back in 2011.

The massive project was executed in phases, at a cost of about Rs. 25 crore, with contributions from the government as well as donors. The kumbabishekam was performed in two stages — in September and November 2015.

The temple, considered the foremost of the 108 divyadesams , is situated on an islet between the Cauvery and the Coleroon rivers. It has seven prakaras and 21 towers, including the majestic 236-feet-high rajagopuram .

The renovation of the temple involved painstaking work by experienced sthapathis, under the guidance of experts in archaeology for over a year.

“The old grandeur of the temple has been restored. About 60,000 tonnes of construction waste/debris was removed during the renovation.


The hundred-pillar and thousand-pillar mandapams and various other mandapams , some of which were out of the public view for long, have been restored, as were several sculptures in the numerous sub-shrines. It is very satisfying that the hard work has been recognised,” said an elated P. Jayaraman, joint commissioner of the temple, even as the temple’s employees burst crackers in front of the rajagopuram to celebrate the occasion on Wednesday evening.

Words of praise from the UNESCO jury came as music to the ears of the temple authorities, especially in view of the criticism of the renovation project from a group of people, who have also taken the issue to the court.

“The project has revealed the original fabric of the shrines, water bodies and landscape within the temple’s four inner enclosures, which were once obscured under layers of inappropriate modern additions and tons of debris.

Employing traditional construction materials and techniques, the restoration work was carried out in an authentic manner by local craftspeople in accordance with ancient building principles and rites. The temple today attracts great attention among its devotees and supporters, whose renewed sense of pride and custodianship will ensure its long-term sustainability,” commented the jury.

“This is an example of how government-private partnership can work and complete the work in record time.

It has also proved that restoration can be done without the use of cement or any modern tiles, which can be replicated. In temples, it is also about restoration and not [just] renovation,” said Venu Srinivasan, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the temple.

The second phase of renovation of damaged portions of the temple ramparts is set to begin soon. A few other conservation works are also on the anvil inside the temple, officials said.



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2) In a first in Tamil Nadu, Srirangam temple bags Unesco award

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The Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam has bagged an award of merit from Unesco for protecting and conserving cultural heritage, thus becoming the first temple from Tamil Nadu to grab the prestigious honour from the UN body.

The traditional method of renovating temple premises as well as re-establishment of rainwater harvesting and the historic drainage system in preventing flooding are the two key parameters that earned the temple the award.

Launched in 2000, Unesco Asia-Pacific awards for cultural heritage conservation programme is aimed at acknowledging the efforts taken to restore and conserve historical structures without affecting their heritage value in the region comprising 48 countries.

Unesco had invited applications earlier this year to submit conservation projects either taken up by individuals or in public-private partnership model in the last 10 years for the awards.

Subsequently, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) department of Srirangam temple applied for the awards in May. As the results of the awards given under four categories were disclosed by Unesco Asia-Pacific on Wednesday, Srirangam temple was the only religious centre from south India to find a mention under 'Award of Merit' category.

HR&CE sources said that the temple had received the international recognition for the Rs 20 crore (from HR&CE and donors) renovation project taken up prior to a consecration ceremony in November 2015, especially without affecting its centuries' old architectural design.

"The communique received by us cited the traditional construction method involved in reworks and re-establishment of the historical sewage system as parameters for receiving the international award," P Jayaraman, joint commissioner of the temple, told TOI.

In 2015, restoration work was carried out in the entire temple complex by craftsmen who had in-depth knowledge in traditional architecture involving the usage of limestone and chemical-free construction practices.

Similarly, the flooding problem in the temple was overcome by re-establishing historical water harvesting and drainage system, and the waste water after re-treatment was used for watering the garden within the temple.

There were 43 applications from 10 countries for the 2017 Unesco Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Mumbai's Christ Church and Royal Bombay Opera House were the other monuments in India that received the Award of Merit this year.

The awards are classified under four categories -- Award of Excellence, Awards of Distinction, Awards of Merit and Award for New Design in Heritage Context. They are being given to encourage the efforts of all stakeholders and the public in conserving and promoting monuments and religious institutes with rich heritage in the Asia-Pacific region.

A jury comprising nine international heritage conservation experts reviewed the documentation of the conservation project taken up by Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple management.



source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/in-a-first-in-tn-srirangam-temple-bags-unesco-award/articleshow/61427765.cms``

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Employees of the Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple bursting crackers on Wednesday to celebrate the UNESCO Award of Merit given in recognition of the conservation efforts the temple.

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Srirangam Temple wins the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Award 2017 for Asia-Pacific Region[/U]

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[U]The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam has bagged an Award of Merit from Unesco for conserving cultural heritage.

The temple got the international recognition for the Rs 20 crore beautification and renovation work taken up prior to a consecration ceremony in 2015, without affecting its centuries' old heritage.


Temple authorities said they received a communique from Unesco on Tuesday mentioning that the temple has been selected for the award.

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is the first temple in Tamil Nadu to receive a Unesco award, according to them.

There were 43 applications from 10 countries for the 2017 Unesco Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is the only religious centre in south India to bag award this year.

Mumbai's Christ Church and Royal Bombay Opera House were the other monuments in India that received the Award of Merit this year.

The awards are classified under four categories -- Award of Excellence, Awards of Distinction, Awards of Merit and Award for New Design in Heritage Context. The awards are being given to encourage the efforts of all stakeholders and the public in conserving and promoting the monuments and religious institutes with rich heritage in the Asia-Pacific region.

A jury comprising nine international heritage conservation experts reviewed the development and conservation work taken up by the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple management.



source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/sri-ranganathaswamy-temple-in-srirangam-bags-unesco-award/articleshow/61402649.cms


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Blue House Cluster, Hong Kong SAR, wins Award of Excellence; projects in Australia, China, India, Iran, New Zealand honoured in Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

BANGKOK, 1 November 2017 — The revitalization of the working class “Blue House Cluster” in Hong Kong, China, has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Sixteen projects from six countries – Australia, China, India, Iran, New Zealand, and Singapore – were recognized in this year’s Heritage Awards by an international panel of conservation experts.

“The Jury was impressed by the heroic nature of the conservation projects, especially those that underscore the importance of protecting heritage that is rooted in the least powerful segments of society,” said Duong Bich Hanh, Chair of the Jury and Chief of UNESCO Bangkok’s Culture Unit.

The jury citation for this year’s Award of Excellence winner, the Blue House Cluster, three 20th-century shophouse blocks in Hong Kong SAR, China described it as “a triumphant validation for a truly inclusive approach to urban conservation. A broad alliance, spanning from tenants to social workers and preservationists, waged a grassroots advocacy campaign to save the last remaining working-class community in the fast-gentrifying enclave of Wan Chai. This unprecedented civic effort to protect marginalized local heritage in one of the world’s most high-pressure real estate markets is an inspiration for other embattled urban districts in the region and beyond.”

This year saw a surge in submissions for the New Design in Heritage Context category. Three projects, two from China and one from Iran, were recognized in this category, the highest number of winners since it was launched in 2005. The award recognizes newly built structures that demonstrate outstanding design well integrated into historic contexts.

The jury selected projects from 43 submissions, including 31 in the Conservation category and 12 for New Design. Other Awardees included: (click here for full Jury citations)

Award of Distinction:

Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct, Perth, Australia
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Shanghai, China

Award of Merit:

Christ Church, Mumbai, India
Royal Bombay Opera House, Mumbai, India
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, India
Great Hall and Clock Tower Buildings, Arts Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
Honourable Mention:

Bomonjee Hormarjee Wadia Fountain and Clock Tower, Mumbai, India
Gateways of Gohad Fort, Gohad, India
Haveli Dharampura, Delhi, India
Wellington Fountain, Mumbai, India
Aftab Cultural House, Isfahan, Iran
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and Rectory Building, Singapore
New Design in Heritage Contexts:

Jingdezhen Ceramic Industry Museum, Jingdezhen, China
Macha Village, Gansu Province, China
Persian Gulf University – Faculty of Art & Architecture, Bulshehr, Iran
The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation programme recognizes the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region. By recognizing private efforts to restore and adapt historic properties the awards aim to encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within their communities, either independently or by seeking public-private partnerships.

Awarded projects reflect a clear understanding and application of various criteria, such as the articulation of the spirit of place, technical achievement, appropriate use or adaption, and the projectÂ’s contribution to the surrounding environment as well as the local communityÂ’s cultural and historical continuity.

Eligible projects must have been completed within the past 10 years. Buildings with a new use must have also been in viable use for at least one year from the date of the awards announcement. Starting in 2017, the eligibility criteria for minimum age of heritage properties has been eliminated to reflect growing awareness in the field of conservation the importance of recognizing contemporary cultural heritage.

Further information about the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation and this yearÂ’s winning entries can be found at: http://bangkok.unesco.org/content/winning-projects

The Call for Entries for the 2018 UNESCO Heritage Awards shall be made at the end of 2017, and further details will be available on the awards website.

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Undertaken through a major public-private initiative, the conservation of the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple has revived the extensive religious complex at the core of Srirangam temple town.

The project has revealed the original fabric of the shrines, water bodies and landscape within the templeÂ’s four inner enclosures, which were once obscured under layers of inappropriate modern additions and tons of debris.

Employing traditional construction materials and techniques, the restoration work was carried out in an authentic manner by local craftspeople in accordance with ancient building principles and rites. The technical team effectively overcame the perennial flooding problem through the re-establishment of the historic water harvesting and drainage system.

The temple today attracts great attention among its devotees and supporters, whose renewed sense of pride and custodianship will ensure its long-term sustainability.



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Srirangam temple tank to get clay coating at base

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Clay being filled at the base ofithe Chandrapuskarani situated inside Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam on Tuesday.Photo: M. Srinath

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In an effort to retain water in the ‘Chandra Pushkarani’, situated inside Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, the base of the temple tank is being filled with clay.

The new work is being carried out with the help of a donor after completion of desilting works.

The clay base is expected to improve retention of water in the tank. For this purpose, clay is being lifted from a lake at South Sithambur village near Musiri and brought to the temple tank.

Permission to lift clay has already been obtained from the district administration, said temple authorities.

Around 80 units of clay will be required for the purpose.

The work started recently.

The main objective of using clay is to retain water in the ‘Chandra Pushkarani’ – a major tank located opposite to the ‘Paramapada Vaasal’ inside the temple. Similar work is also underway at the ‘Surya Pushkarani’ tank inside the temple, said the authorities.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/srirangam-temple-tank-to-get-clay-coating-at-base/article19837245.ece


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Pushkaram fills Srirangam temple’s coffer

The monthly process of counting the hundial collections at the Sri Ranganathar Swamy temple fetched Rs 94,55, 862, a colossal amount and reportedly the highest ever monthly collection at the temple.

As the Cauvery Maha Pushkaram was celebrated between September 12 and 23, temple sources said that large number of people had thronged the foremost among the 108 divya desam temples. Even though religious events such as Vaikunta Ekadesi would fetch donations dropped in temple hundials between Rs 85-Rs 86 lakh, owing to the observance of Maha Pushkaram, the temple hundials have received whopping Rs 94 lakhs as monthly collection.

"Cauvery Maha Pushkaram and the ongoing Tamil month Purattasi attracted a lot of pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. We usually count the collection once in a month, but in recent years we have not received such colossal amount through hundials," a temple source said.

Besides the Rs 94.55 lakh collected through donations in cash, temple sources said that the devotees have also contributed 186gms of gold and 668gms of silver.

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The renowned Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple here will soon have a ‘Azhwargal Kalvettu Nandhavanam’ – a stone garden containing granite slabs engraved with the divine verses of Nalayira Divya Prabhandham sung on Lord Ranganatha.

The ‘Nandhavanam’ is being established using temple funds near the ‘Kottaram’ inside the sprawling temple premises.

A row of stone pedestals have been erected at the chosen spot. Polished granite slabs containing the divine paasurams rendered by the Azhwars and Sri Andaal, except Madurakavi Azhwar, on Lord Ranganatha will be embedded on them.

According to temple authorities, 247 paasurams will be engraved on the 40 granite slabs - a few of which have already been installed on the stone pedestals.

The stone garden, which is being implemented at a cost ₹23 lakh, will be ready by October, they said.



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Will have granite slabs with the divine verses of Azhwars

The renowned Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple here will soon have a ‘Azhwargal Kalvettu Nandhavanam’ – a stone garden containing granite slabs engraved with the divine verses of Nalayira Divya Prabhandham sung on Lord Ranganatha.

The ‘Nandhavanam’ is being established using temple funds near the ‘Kottaram’ inside the sprawling temple premises.

A row of stone pedestals have been erected at the chosen spot. Polished granite slabs containing the divine paasurams rendered by the Azhwars and Sri Andaal, except Madurakavi Azhwar, on Lord Ranganatha will be embedded on them.

According to temple authorities, 247 paasurams will be engraved on the 40 granite slabs - a few of which have already been installed on the stone pedestals.

The stone garden, which is being implemented at a cost ₹23 lakh, will be ready by October, they said.


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Preserving Srirangam’s architectural heritage

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Like most temple towns, Srirangam has got caught up in a real estate boom that has begun to erase its unique architectural heritage. Thirty Final Year students of M.A.M. School of Architecture (MAMSA) have been engaged for the past six months in an attempt to reverse the trend of placing ultra-modern but culturally jarring buildings next to old structures in Srirangam.

The results of their research, a series of 45 drawings that show an alternative elevation more culturally compatible to Srirangam’s heritage, are being exhibited during Navarathri at the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. “Heritage cities have their own stamp, but in India, modern commercial buildings that are irrelevant to the culture of these places are eroding this,” J. Ramanan, architect, photographer and Design Chair, MAMSA, told The Hindu . “Our first step was to document the existing buildings in Srirangam, because once they are demolished, they will be lost forever.”

Mr. Ramanan said it would be better for buildings in the core area of Srirangam to follow architectural features and elements that evoke the past glory of the city. “We carried out 20-25 case studies of how modern constructions could be redone from a heritage perspective. We have prepared at least 100 elevation drawings that could be used as a template by local architects,” he said. “Once we restore the visual relevance of these buildings, the lost glory will return to Srirangam,” he added.

The response to the exhibition has been very encouraging.

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Devotees, dates and deity

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Circa 1323 AD. The utsava murti of Srirangam temple, lord Ranganatha aka Azagiya Manavalan, was taken out of the temple by devotees to protect the idol from enemy invaders. The journey lasted 48 years. Many such interesting stories from the koil olugu (books maintained by the temple authorities that record the happenings in the temple) and inscriptions, and information about different festivals and rituals of Sri Ranganathasvami Temple, is documented in a book, Srirangam, Heaven on Earth, compiled by historian Chithra Madhavan. It is a coffee-table book-cum-sthala puranam that has pictures of each part of the temple, paintings, inscriptions and maps.

“It was J Lakshminarayan’s idea. The photographer-publisher from Srirangam came to me with this concept a year ago but it materialised only now,” says Chithra, who took the help of Prema Nandakumar, Vijayalakshmy Subramanian, and Asha Krishnakumar. They contributed several chapters on the festival and rituals, music in the temple and the 48 years of Ranganatha outside the temple premises respectively.

The earliest historical reference of the temple dates back to 2nd century AD, and the book has all the information on how Ranganatha came to be the main deity of Srirangam. “The temple has seven prakarams (concentric enclosures), a number of shrines, gopurams and mandapams, and inscriptions — there are more than 600 inscriptions on walls and copper plate but I have highlighted only the relevant ones,” she shares.

Prema, who has written for various publications about the different festivals of the temple, says, “Every month we have a different festival. For instance, Pavitrotsavam is where the lord is adorned with garlands of thread; there’s also a ritual where Ranganatha goes to Cauvery,” she says.
Lakshminarayanan was ecstatic to shoot photos of the temple. “ I used drones to get the aerial shot of the temple and the city, there are night shots and shots of all the shrines and gopurams. I had around 4,000 photos by the end of it,” he grins.

Asha came across an article in 2013 about the 48-year journey of the utsava murti and after validating the story, she conceptualised a dance production, Aranganin Paddhayil, about it in 2015. “From 1323 to 1371, the devotees protected the god, thayar, ubay nachiyars and the jewellery. They did not have a route to follow; all they did was to evade the enemies. For a long time the idol was kept in Tirupathi and this is a fact not many are aware of,” she says.

The enemy army was always on the move and that meant that the devotees also had to keep changing their route. The route they took was Srirangam-Jothishkudi-Thirumaliruncholai-Kozhikode-Thirukanambi-Punganur-Melkottai-Tirupathi-Gingee. “The temple has a koil olugu that has recorded this episode. This story definitely deserved a place in the book,” adds Chithra.

Vijayalakshmy, who conducts kshetra sangeetham in the city, has written about the Vaggeyakaras, their lyrics and music, and the kritis composed here. “Famous among the kritis are Thyagaraja’s Srirangam Pancharatna and Dikshithar’s composition,” she says.

The book also documents paintings in the temple. “All the Southern dynasties have contributed to the temple. The Hoysala kings contributed the most in the form of architecture, festivals, jewellery and paintings. The paintings are still seen in the temple,” says Chithra.

Legend

Saint Thyagaraja had attended a temple festival but he was not seen near the deity. After a point, the procession could not move forward as the idol became heavy. The priest had a vision that the musician was there and asked him to come forward and sing. It was only after that, they could move forward.

The book is available at the temple and to place orders call 9840789096


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