CONSERVATION OF MAHADEVA TEMPLE, KOOTHATTUKULAM
We prepared the proposals for the conservation of this temple in 2011. All the photos which I am posting have been taken in 2011. It would have decayed further since no further preventive measures have been taken. Lately, Travancore Devaswom Board has taken over the temple after a long legal struggle running over many years by Sivaswom Trust and it is expected that the Government of Kerala will be funding the conservation measures. The temple is of great significance from different view points such historical, architectural, archaeological and cultural values. The most important thing is that it has not been spoilt with the "modern development.
The temple is in bad shape. I hope that the Devaswam Board will conserve the temple keeping all the heritage values intact. In the case of a historic building, important decisions, which will alter the character of the building, should not be taken. The structural assessment has to be conducted before structural modifications are made. Immediate conservation measures need to be carried out to protect the building especially in areas which have been attacked by termites. The relevance of conserving the complex is relevant, as the Mahadeva temple is an integral part and example of the temple architecture in Kerala. It has not undergone any transformation during the recent past, which has happened in the case of many temples, churches and mosques.