Herbal paintings from 13th century found in temple

Tirunelveli: Herbal paintings dating back to 13th century period on idols have been discovered in a temple in Tamil Nadu. The paintings were discovered from Sri Ramaswamy temple at Pappankulam village by history professors of Annamalai University.

“The herbal paintings have been drawn during the period of both Pandias and later the Naickers,” said Dravidian Historical Research Director L Ganapathy Murugan and Head of research team A Muthukutti.

An inspection of the temple last week, on a request by former registrar of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University revealed that the main deities made of mortar had been beautifully painted in varied hues of black, blue, saffron, gold, white, yellow, ash and green. The paintings, dating to 1216-1244 AD, are similar to mural paintings of Chitrasabha temple in Coutrallam.

The paints were made from herbs and had not faded even after centuries. Idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman had come to life at the hands of great painters of that era.

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