Hampi temple pillar disfigured: Clerk suspended in Karnataka

by IANS |

Vijayanagara, Nov 21 (IANS) Amid criticism over disfiguring of historic pillar inside the Virupaksha Temple in the UNESCO Heritage Site Hampi in Karnataka, authorities have suspended the temple's clerk, sources said on Tuesday.

Earlier, the officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had issued a notice to the Endowment Department and sought an explanation in this regard.

In connection with this, the Endowment Department Assistant Commissioner has released an order suspending B.G. Srinivas, a clerk of the Hampi temple.

A drilling machine was used on one of the pillars to insert a nail. The nailing was done near the sanctum sanctorum of the temple to fix a gate between two pillars. However, before taking up the work, the Endowment Department had not obtained consent from the ASI.

Sources said that the Endowment Department is only entrusted with carrying out worship in the temple.

The ASI team took note of the damage in the Hampi temple as it falls under the UNESCO Heritage Site list. Even the slightest damage to heritage monuments is taken seriously, said ASI officials.

In objection to the development, local activists have warned that if action is not initiated against the officials, they will stage a protest.

Latest News
BJPís three Telangana MPs, Eatala Rajender suffer defeat in Assembly polls Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 08:13 PM
PM Modi arrives at BJP headquarters Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 08:04 PM
Gangster Aman Singh shot dead inside Dhanbad jail Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 08:04 PM
How Rahul Gandhiís allegations against Adani Group backfired Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 08:01 PM
Riding on anti-incumbency, Congress finally captures Telangana Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 07:58 PM
Guv asks KCR to continue till formation of new government Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 07:56 PM
Poll surveys came exact opposite: Digambar Kamat over BJP's victory Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 07:36 PM
Victory & defeat natural in democracy: K'taka CM Siddaramaiah Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 07:20 PM
Counting of votes for Mizoram assembly polls tomorrow Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 07:07 PM
S. Korea to see negative growth in 2050 if low fertility rate continues Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 06:41 PM
High time Cong stops dictating terms like an elder brother in INDIA alliance: TMC Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 06:34 PM
Explained: What's the importance of 'Health Day at COP28'? Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 06:26 PM
COP28: 70 nations endorse declaration for climate-hit communities Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 06:25 PM
Outcome of state election results hints at continued uprun in market Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 06:25 PM
Congress' defeat in MP sign of Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh's waning influence? Sun, Dec 03, 2023, 06:13 PM