Archaeology Highway growth stopped at Srirangapatna



State Archaeology Department to seek temple moving.

Archaeology The temple belonging to the Vijayanagar era at Srirangapatna.

The temple belonging to the Vijayanagar age at Srirangapatna.
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State Archaeology Department to look for temple moving.

The Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage has directed the contractors participated in growth of the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway to suspend the work near Srirangapatna as it has actually threatened a 500- year-old temple coming from the Vijayanagar duration.

An area evaluation was performed by a Historical Assistant on Saturday and he submitted a report mentioning that the precincts surrounding the Gadde Ranganathaswamy temple on the banks of the Cauvery was being used as disposing yard for debris.

The report said the nature of the continuous civil works at the area indicated that a bridge was under construction and this threatened the integrity of the monument stated to belong to 15 th/16 th centuryin which was enshrined an idol of Sri Ranganathaswamy.

The temple is not among the list of safeguarded monoliths but the report stated that it was a remarkable specimen with a hoary past and requires to be saved. Sources in the State Archaeology Department stated they will compose to the government to take actions to transfer the monument prior to the civil works for highway expansion are permitted to continue.

Senior authorities in the Department said moving and transplant of the temple was easy as it was made from stone. This can be dismantled and transplanted somewhere else unlike the 18 th century armoury of the Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan age which had actually postponed the railway track doubling work, also at Srirangapatna. The entire structure needed to be moved in one block as it was made from bricks and lime mortar and a U.S.-based firm and the railways was jointly delegated with the task of moving the armoury.

The NHAI has actually used up the highway expansion in between Mysuru and Bengaluru which is expected to be finished by2021 Once finished, the travelling time between the 2 cities will be reduced to 90 minutes.