The famous Varadaraja Perumal temple in Kanchipuram is known for its intricately carved 100 pillar mandap. Due to ignorance, it was white washed for ages and the pillars now have thick coats of white wash mostly at the bottom half of the pillars and the mandap’s periphery. A philanthropist, native of Kanchi,is now a famous patent lawyer having office at almost all the cities in India, had vowed back to get his beloved deity’s temple back to its glory and he had selected REACH for the cleaning of this pillar mandap, the kitchen (filled with black carbon soot, again settled on the walls for ages). So we had started the work last week and have put the best ASI trained workers and one full time supervisor for this task. First phase comprises of the mandap work, later after few months we’ll be cleaning the whole kitchen (madapalli for Thaligai) to remove all the soot and carbon using scientific methods.See the pictures here..
Lime removal at Hundred Pillar Hall,Kanchi Varadarajar temple Update Feb2010
The thickly lime coated 100 pillar hall at Varadaraja Perumal temple is being cleaned and the lime spoiling the beauty of the sculptures are already removed in the first stage of the project. Now the top stones which are dismantled are removed, worn out lime weather coarse are scrapped and would be re-coated with fresh water proof lime.
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100 Pillars Hall Restoration Update – May 2010
The roof terrace of the 100 pillar hall in Varadaraja Perumal has been re-done after removing the spoilt lime weather coarse and was relaid and the stucco figures of Garuda on all 4 corners, the parapeet wall cordons and the front tower gopura mukha with Varadaraja Perumal, Sridevi, Bhoodevi Stucco as the centre piece were restored back to life.
More photos of the temple work can be seen here work photos
See the flooring done around the mandapa here, as the mandapa work is almost over