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Re: painted gopurams

From: Venkatesh.T.V(FXSL_HO) (
Date: Tue Aug 10 1999 - 11:25:14 PDT

                      Srimathe Narayanaya Namaha

Dear Sri Mani,

AdiyEn was also of the same opinion about the ThiruvallikkENi 
Gopurams being painted in different colours but couldn't do much or 
rather anything to stop it. Well it was for good really.

I cannot agree with your view that the gopuram in ThiruvallikkENi 
looks like a small Amman Gopuram with gaudy colours. On the contrary, 
enough pains have been taken to provide life like colours and I would 
say that the gopurams only resemble a typical Navarathiri Golu that 
is so vibrant, yet in decent colours.

Also I would like to add that, even I was not knowing what type of 
sculptures or idols where there on the gopuram before it was painted 
in multi colour. Now after it has been painted with multi-colours, 
all the idols (or Bommais) are so beautiful and a treat for your 

To list a few are the Paramapadhanathan (viewed from AndAL sannidhi), 
Ramar Pattabhishekam, and our dearest Kutti Kannan (the childish face 
of this bommai cannot be so beautiful in the single colour paint), 
what an attraction and a live one.

Sorry Mani, I do not know about other gOpurams, but our 
ThiruvallikkENi gOpuram is so beautiful after the painting, that you 
will change your views when you come there leisurely and do a 
pradhakshinam around the temple slowly quenching the thirst of your 
eyes by seeing those beautiful bommais.

Well one point to remember is the colours that are being selected. 
There should be  a creative and artistic touch in the person who does 
this, otherwise the gOpurams will look like what you have said.

Sri RukmiNi samEtha PArthasArathy swAmi thiruvadigaLE saraNam
AzhwAr EmberumAnAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE saraNam

adiyEn RAmAnuja dAsan

Thirumalai Vinjamoor Venkatesh

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