This is not about the rampant construction we are seeing in our cities.
For last 2 months, I have been travelling and visiting places of historical importance in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. It looks like someone has been watching my itinerary and putting efforts to foil all my trips. Wherever I go, the monuments were wrapped up in bamboo poles for restoration work. It first started with the Bhoothanatha temple in Badami.
Then it was Amber Fort in Jaipur.
And yet another famous structure in Jaipur – Hawa Mahal.
Another one again in the south – the gigantic gopuras of Madurai.
The job of these champions was not all that easy in Madurai though. There are more than a dozen towers, each scaling higher than the other. They still worked hard to finish mounting those poles before I arrived. As you can see, there is some work left at the top. And in a few of those dozen or so towers, they had managed to cover only halfway.
Fortunately, this will be all, since I have no more monument trip planned in near future. By the time I get out again on the heritage trail, I hope anything that needs to be repaired would be already repaired. 🙂