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The inscription of Big Temple doesn’t change : ASI

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Thanjavur: Officials from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Thanjavur have denied allegation that they have replaced Tamil inscription in Thanjavur Big temple with stone plates by inscribing Hindi, which is going viral on social media. Authorities from the ASI said that those were the stone inscriptions at the temple for several decades with Brahmi script.

In a video which has gone viral, a person alleged that the stone inscriptions with Tamil scripts are being replaced by Hindi script. When contacted, the conservation assistant of ASI for Thanjavur Big Temple S Shankar told that construction of Big Temple commenced by the King Rajaraja Cholan in 1003 and completed in 1010 and subsequently Kumbabishekam was consecrated.

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During the time of Rajaraja Chola, he inscribed the details of donations, administration and other important things that happened at the time. These inscriptions were made using Brahmi script, he said. “However, his successors like Nayaks drew various kinds of arts and Marathas established additional gopuram at the entrance, now called as Maratha entrance and established various structures on the premise of the temple. They have inscribed all the details on the boundary walls using Devanagari script.

Those stone inscriptions are remaining there at the temple for hundreds of years. All those scripts such as Marathi, Devanagari, and Hindi are similar. However they are not Hindi”, Shankar said. All these scripts were copied and converted into books and they have been kept safely at the Sarasvathi Mahal in 1990. The stone inscriptions shown in the video are the ones which were excavated during the renovation of Girivalam passage on the temple premises.

They have been kept safely at the temple. The person who captured them in video misunderstood that they were made ready to replace the existing inscriptions, he added.

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