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Old shrine found

Old shrine found

Author: Staff Reporter
Publication: The Hindu
Date: February 15, 2008
URL: http://www.hindu.com/2008/02/15/stories/2008021556580100.htm

What was meant to be an exercise to infuse amity among the police and public near here turned out to be a unique spiritual and social adventure when efforts of the men in khaki led to the unravelling of an ancient temple shrouded for decades by wild growth. Of course, the police-public interface suffused enough friendliness.

When a posse of police personnel descended recently on Periyamathiakoodalur village near Chinnadarapuram in Karur district, it certainly was neither tense nor volatile. People of the village welcomed the law-enforcers warmly and they all set out to proceed on a positive agenda.

While on one side a health camp got under way, games for each category of people _ children, youth, girls, boys and elders _ were organised in which the police and the public tested their strength. Elocution contest, fancy dress, song and other contests infused gaiety in the atmosphere.

Superintendent of Police K. Shanmugavel and senior district police officials were at hand to participate in and supervise the proceedings.

It was then that a couple of elders pointed to a wild growth of greenery and earthen mound and claimed that a small shrine lay hidden there. They also claimed that only a few villagers aged above 75 had seen the temple.

Under instructions from the SP, the police removed the mound to find a marvellous shrine. The temple is said to be over 1,200 years old. The main deity is Madhayana Eswarar. Also present are images of Lord Vinayaka and the phallic symbol inscribed on a granite stone.

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