Heritage week special – Vandalised murals of Suseendram

Deep down South near Kanyakumari  is a temple dedicated to the Trinity – Brahma , Vishnu and Siva called Suseendram. A 18 feet tall Hanuman towers over the devotees, protecting them from all ills. However even he is unable to protect the precious heritage from getting vandalised from people. I was in Suseendram as a part of the Naanjil Naadu tour organised by INTACH Tamil Nadu.  The temple itself maybe over 1500 years old and the seven tier Gopura was built much later .

As you climb up the dark and dingy stairs up the Gopura, disturbing the bats with a flashlight, you chance upon some of the most beautiful murals..

 Unfortunately I discover that many people have been here before me and they chose to highlight their presence by vandalising these paintings.

 This heritage day, lets save and protect our heritage from us.. We have done precious little to add to our heritage for posterity ; so let us not deny them a chance to see what our forefathers had left for us..In the meantime, enjoy some of these paintings.

Read the entire story here in my column in The Hindu Metro Plus 


  1. krishna 18 April, 2012 at 18:27 Reply

    I really can’t understand why people do like this. its really really extremely disappointing. I don’t know when Indians will grow up and will understand the value of history.

  2. Vaish 19 April, 2012 at 22:42 Reply

    Its so weird to see why people wanted to destroy their own cultural and heritage property this way. They scribble away their names, roll numbers, and stupid things. the murals are gorgeous and intricately painted…Hope the temple authorities take proper care to restore them and make sure such vandalisms are prevented. Also, it should come from each one who visits the temple.

  3. Chandranath 20 April, 2012 at 23:41 Reply

    I am a college student from Calcutta; I have never been to the south. But I want to have a penpal who can give me an insider’s view of the place and its culture. I came across your blog and liked it. If you accept to be my penpal then we can exchange knowledge of our native places over emails. My email address is:
    [email protected]

  4. Ashwini 22 April, 2012 at 05:46 Reply

    Such beautiful murals!!! God only knows when people are going to understand the value of this treasure. Can’t the government undertake their restoration?

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