In Madurai inside the Thousand Pillar Hall of the Meenakshi Temple . For these tourists, expression is probably art..when will we ever learn to be responsible tourists ?

Update : Please read the comments for my views on this

20 comments

  1. Final_Transit 22 September, 2008 at 00:56 Reply

    Graffiti ­čÖü In the olden times the conquerors simply demolished local culture to show that “I was here.” Today we have a subtle form of expression but this quest of man (or woman :P) is still not dead.

    Unfortunately this is a global phenomenon.

  2. I am 22 September, 2008 at 07:03 Reply

    You bet! This is something which has always bothered me !!

    I have not seen such marks in any of the monuments or temples abroad…!! Have you?

    Is this again an Indian thing or just random found everywhere?

  3. Aaarti 22 September, 2008 at 12:20 Reply

    Gosh.. how i hate this…. the worst was in Hawah mahal in jaipur.. dont know if you’ve been there… you go up the fort thru a winding path.. and all thru, the walls were filled with Graffitti, ranging from love messages to foul words, combined with paan stains and Ruffle chips packets strewn all across…

    I wish there was something we could do…

  4. Nitin 22 September, 2008 at 17:57 Reply

    I request to all the travellers specially to Indian tourist that …for god sake do not spoil the name of India .Show the world that we are the most well behaved and well mannered citizens .
    Tour India and let others to see the beauty of that place

  5. Anonymous 22 September, 2008 at 23:31 Reply

    That is a shame that people write on monuments and national history. Its not just India though, people write on things everywhere, and it is not right.

    Btw, I found a new travel site – baraaza.com. I think you might like it.

    Melissa

  6. Vijay 23 September, 2008 at 07:55 Reply

    I am working on a few posts showing such similar acts of vandalism – one in a very rare and beautiful structure in mallai olakkaneswara temple and another in darasuram. These wanton acts show how little these people know/realise/ appreciate our rich heritage, for them visiting such amazing treasures is but a romantic interlude. We talk of portugese destroying the beauties of elephanta

    http://www.poetryinstone.in/lang/en/2008/08/31/the-delicate-coils-of-snake-in-stone

    and earlier of Md Gazni, Malik Kafur – rampant destruction, but to see sons of our soil indulging in similar is no less heart breaking.

    Lets do our part in educating them to understand and appreciate the nuances of art. Once they learn to appreciate it, they would begin to like – love and preserve them.

    one such beauty

    http://www.poetryinstone.in/lang/en/2008/09/22/just-a-chain-in-stone-part-2

    rgds
    vj

  7. Lakshmi 23 September, 2008 at 20:18 Reply

    Thanks everybody for your suggestions..Here is mine.I think the authorities are as much as to blame as tourists ..when you have world heritage monuments managed by officials who have no pride in the history or governments who are not interested in preserving the rich culture, there is very little chance of tourists being responsible. Its extremely disappointing to see pilgrims destroy heritage monuments by their worship …Any movement has to start with us. If we can do anything to preserve and showcase pride in our culture and heritage, I hope posterity will have something left of this heritage

  8. HAREKRISHNAJI 24 September, 2008 at 10:11 Reply

    Let me tell you one incidence about authorities. T

    here are few caves at Bedse near Kamshet, Maharashtra where ancient paintings like those found in Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad were discovered during British raj.

    When knowledgable Collector heard this he expressed his desire to visit the site and to study

    Order was passed to clean up caves to geared up his visit.

    They cleaned up everything including priceless paintings, authorities simply whitewashed all the walls and the treasure was lost foreever.

  9. ceedy 1 October, 2008 at 23:51 Reply

    I agree to what you wrote as an update.

    It is a shame but then that is a difference between being literate/illiterate and also sensitive to other more than your personal needs….

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