Stop Demolishing the 1000 year old temple
  • Petitioned District Collector, Thanjavur

This petition was delivered to:

District Collector, Thanjavur
Project Director, Project Implementation Unit, National Highways Authority of India
D. Chandra Sekhar Reddy

Stop Demolishing the 1000 year old temple

    1. Petition by

      Sasidharan G


June 2013


When I read in the newspapers that a 1000 year old temple has been marked for demolition to build a new highway, I wanted to do something about it. So I started this petition asking the Thanjavur District Collector to intervene and also sent a copy to the Project Officer of NHAI in Thanjavur.
In a matter of days, several thousand people joined my campaign. It was reported in the media too. Other concerned citizens had also taken up this issue and this petition helped gather support from across the state.
Responding to the campaign, the NHAI has decided to make an alternate route for the highway and not demolish the temple. They communicated this in writing to the District Collector Thanjavur as well.
Thanks everyone for supporting my campaign.

It was built a 1,000 years ago and is a protected heritage monument. But soon it will be demolished. This 1,000-year-old temple near Kumbakonam is going to be demolished to make way for a 4-lane highway. The highway is planned under the Thanjavur-Vikkiravandi 4-way project of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

Built between 1012 and 1044 AD by Rajendra Chola, the temple in Manampadi village contains at least ten priceless inscriptions from that period. The numerous sculptures found in the premises are rare and unique.

The NHAI has now decided to demolish this temple for widening the highway and has already earmarked the areas.

2014 would be the 1,000th year celebration of the coronation of Rajendra Chola, son of Raja Raja Chola. The demolition of a temple constructed by him will be shameful for the entire Tamil community. 

The people of the village, historians and archaeologists have opposed the move and appealed to the Tamilnadu Government and NHAI to divert the road project to the extreme northern side of the temple, to protect the monument.

The Project Implementation Officer of this project and the District Collector can choose to stop the destruction of this national heritage.

Hence I have started this petition asking the Project Implementation Officer, NHAI and the Thanjavur District Collector to stop the demolition of this 1,000 year old temple. If enough of us sign the petition, they will know that the people of Tamilnadu and India do not want to see this heritage monument demolished.

Recently, residents of the Pannaiyapalayam village in Villupuram district protested against the planned demolition of a 1,300-year-old temple under the same road project.  Heeding to their protests, the NHAI did not demolish the temple.

Sign this petition and join me in telling the Project Officer of NHAI and the Thanjavur District Collector, to stop the demolition of this 1,000-year-old temple and to re-mark the roads.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Usha Kris CHENNAI, INDIA
      • 7 months ago

      because the preservation of national heritage sites is a serious issue.

    • Balachandran n BANGALORE, INDIA
      • 10 months ago

      These are some of the treasures which depicts our strength in all fields at those time. it should be preserved as a monument to make us feel proud of our forefathers who have excelled in architecture, and all fields.

      • 10 months ago

      Temples are the symbols of our culture. Bulding a temple is not as easy as demolishing it...

      • 10 months ago

      this is our great tamilan temple don't destroyed our culture plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

    • Aparnaa Babu INDIA
      • 10 months ago

      We request the government to renovate the temple and find other way for highway instead of demolishing the temple.


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