Nagarkurnool: Nature and Indian Culture Foundation (NICF) in association with Pleach India Foundation (PIF) cleaned up 12th century heritage structures at Nandivaddeman village in Bijinepalli mandal in Nagarkurnool district on Sunday on the eve of World Tourism Day in tune with this year’s theme ‘Inclusive Tourism Development’.
Dr. E. Sivanagireddy-Sthapati, archaeologist and PIF CEO and Patnam Krishnamraju, president, NICF, cleared vegetation around five temples – Bhadrakali Temple located amidst paddy fields without any access, triple shrines locally known as Trimurti temples abutting huge mud fort wall and Nandiswara temple where a huge bull sculpture carved out of black granite stone exists, located two km from the village.
The vegetation was cleared as part of the awareness programme called ‘Preserve Heritage for Posterity’. Nearly 30 activists from NICF Trust and 10 volunteers from PIF and 10 locals led by Vanga Sudarshan Goud and Sarpanch Nandivaddeman laboured the entire day and made the much neglected monuments presentable to local visitors and tourists.
Dr Sivanagireddy said the monuments spruced up were built in typical Kakatiya style by Gona Buddha Reddy (author of Ranganatha Ramayanam), Gannaredddy and Vittala Reddy, ruled from Vardhamanapuram as the subordinate chiefs of the Kakatiyas in 12th and 13th centuries AD, according to a press release.
Dr. Sivanagireddy sensitized the village sarpanch and local youth in archaeological and historical significance of the temples, sculptures and inscriptions and the need to preserve them for future generations. He appealed to the government to safeguard the priceless heritage properties.
He said the villagers evinced interest in the upkeep of these monuments of historical significance and icons of their village.
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