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 #12494  by Sundar
 August 23rd, 2016, 11:55 am
When you travel to Madurai next time, there will be no need to research through online and offline material to know about the world famous Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. Your mobile phone will be a virtual guide to take you on a tour of the temple, besides providing a peek into the ancient city’s history.

A free-to-download app developed by Chennai-based Aseuro Technologies provides information on the background of the temple, stories and miracles associated with it, its architectural marvels, history of Madurai, hours of worship, dos and don’ts, parking lot and toilets and where can you eat. In 23 audio sections, it describes the important places in the temple in Tamil, English and Hindi.

Karumuttu T. Kannan, Fit Person of the temple, who officially launched the app on Monday, said it was the first of its kind for a temple in the country and very user-friendly. Srikanth Iyer of Aseuro Technologies said it took 18 months for them to develop the app after intensive research and review by temple authorities.

It had become necessary as authentic information was not available for visitors to many places of tourist importance. “We have made a beginning with the Madurai temple and will soon come out with apps for Belur temple and Mahabalipuram,” he said.

The app does not follow a rigid order. The visitor can enter the temple through any of the entrances and tap the relevant number or name to know about his location. Display boards have been put up in the temple with names of each section and information on downloading the app is provided for visitors around the temple.

First-timers can listen to the introduction before entering the temple to make their visit enjoyable.

For downloading the app, one has to log intowww.pinakinapp.comto register the mobile phone. ... 019522.ece
 #12574  by MAHALINGAM
 October 5th, 2016, 8:56 am
Lily trotter habitats in city sinking slowly as pollution rises
Arockiaraj Johnbosco

Madurai: Fondly referred as lily trotter among bird watchers, jacanas are shy birds with very light feet able to walk on vegetation floating over water bodies. Though they are not directly threatened by poachers, their livelihood and breeding have come under threat owing to human activities on water bodies. According to wildlife enthusiasts, indiscriminate pollution of water bodies and harvesting of water flowers like lily and lotus from village tanks threaten the bird species in the region.
There are two types of jacanas predominantly found in the country - namely bronze-winged jacana and pheasant tailed jacana. They belong to group of tropical waders found across the globe except in polar-regions and walk on floating vegetation building their nests on the same, thus getting the name lily trotters. Jacanas feed on insects and other invertebrates found on floating vegetation.
Interestingly jacanas are polyandrous in nature, where the female mates with 5 or 6 males and gives the eggs to males to take care of the broods and the chicks. Nature has facilitated this option due to the fact that the nest is prone to multifarious risks as a light wind may sweep its nest and turn it upside down, a water current during a rain may dislocate the position of the nest or cattle foraging in still waters would damage the nests. Environmental educator S S Davidson from Kanyakumari says that more than these natural threats to nests, human interference in water bodies pose a far greater danger to jacanas. Vast encroachment on the banks of ponds create disturbance to the bird and factors like channelizing waste water into the water bodies, draining water during summer during March to May to catch fish, dumping plastics and making the water bodies as dump yards with household solid waste endanger their habitat.
Recently, Tribal Foundation, an environmental organisation in Kanyakumari, took out a census of jacanas in the district and were able to count only 300. "The greatest threat to this polyandrous bird is those who cultivate lotus flower in the ponds as they destroy the brooding nests by harvesting the flower using tin drums. This action prevents the breeding pattern of the bird and harms their regeneration," said Davidson.
Madurai based ornithologist Dr T Badrinarayanan agrees that the threat to jacanas is imminent, though they are not in the list of endangered birds. Indiscriminate exploitation of water bodies will endanger the habitat of all birds including jacanas, he opined. He suggested sensitisation of lotus and lilly cultivators to preserve the bird. "There could be a win-win situation where floating vegetation is not disturbed by them during breeding season and they can harvest lotus or lilies during non-breeding seasons," he pointed out.
Times of India
 #12734  by anny10
 February 14th, 2017, 1:55 pm
AwardCity wrote:A seminar on ‘Preservation of ancient monuments’ was organised at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple here on Tuesday by the Department of Tourism.

Addressing the gathering, G. Vasudevan, past president of Travel Club, said that the district was home to nearly 20 Jain monuments that belong to the periods between 3rd century B.C and 10th century A.D. Around 16 important monuments were located within the city.

Efforts were on to jointly undertake an initiative with the Department of Tourism in conejo valleyto popularise these locations among foreign tourists.

The Pudhu Mandapam also had many significant structures which were getting damaged due to the presence of shops.

Further, vandalism was affecting the King Tirumalai Naick Palace, which was recently renovated at a cost of nearly Rs.6 crore.

Highlighting several other instances of invaluable heritage items being lost due to human activity, Dr. Vasudevan said that Madurai, which has 2,500 years of history, must do more to protect its heritage.

S. Chandravanan, Assistant Director, Department of Archaeology, said that kings constructed temples to meet three purposes: cater to the religion, to meet people’s needs and signify the kings’ victories.

The construction of each temple created 146 jobs for the people, he said, adding that even the names inscribed on the sculptures had historical significance.

The names of places had also a lot of meaning, he said.

Use of paint opposed
He also spoke out strongly against using paint over ancient pictures during temple renovations and adopting sand-blasting to clean sculptures. “Even the great King Tirumalai Naick did not have his name inscribed in the Mahal.

However, many visitors carve out their names using nail,” he said. K. Rajanayagam, Executive Officer of the temple, said that sculptures in southern parts were chiselled from hard stone.

Despite the extreme hard labour involved, the sculptures were so intricately carved that one could see the nerves and muscles on the figures. J. Balan, Head, Department of Tourism, Madurai Kamaraj University, said that India, with its 5,000 years of history, had a rich heritage.

It was also the home of one of the four ancient river-based civilizations.

It was not possible for the Government or private organisations alone to safeguard them.

Grass root level
Awareness had to be created at the grass root level among the public, he said.

K. Dharmaraj, District Tourist Officer, said that sculptures were being given more importance in attracting tourists. K. Pasumpon, Assistant Director of Tamil Development Department, also spoke.

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