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attack, rain, etc for future needs that might arise as a result of drought, flooding, storms and other natural disasters. It is rare to see huge granaries in the precincts of Hindu temples. Such granaries exit in the huge complex of 8th century Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple, Srirangam, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, S.India. The other temples, that have granaries within the confines of temple, are Thiruvanaikovil Jambukeswarar Akilandeswari Temple and at Thiruppalathurai near Kumbakonam and at the Adi Rangam Temple near Jambai in Tiruvannamalai district. Such granaries were built to store grains donated by devotees and paddy collected from temple lands.
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HRCE, a government department managing Hindu temples in the state of Tamil Nadu, took restoration and renovation work in the last two years after conducting a detailed survey in 2013 along with expert Archaeologists. For the renovation work, the team followed the age old method of mixing lime and Gall-nut in right proportion, thus bringing the old glory back. Bonding produced by the mortar following the above method will hold the bricks tightly together and can withstand all kinds of weather and climate.
The first granary is circular in shape, while the rest are octagonal in their first tier and circular above. Normally granaries have three tiers. All granaries have decorative roof cover (Valhabi) or sunshade (Kapota) to protect against rain and sunshine. Like modern granaries made of wood, these centuries old granaries have opening at top to pour grains into the storage and small square shaped opening at the bottom to collect grains when needed.
Glad as part of recent renovation of Sri Ranganathar temple complex on 18th November, 2015, renovation work was undertaken to preserve the age old granaries, so that the future generation will appreciate the temple's past glory and rich legacy and th ingenuity of early rulers.