Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple | Photo: Santhosh KK/ Mathrubhumi
Kochi: The Kerala High Court issued a stay for the renovations at Sree Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple in Wayanad for 10 days. The restoration works are prohibited based on a report submitted by the director of the archaeological department. Kozhikode native V Saleesh has filed a petition at the high court over the issue.
The petition pointed out that the renovations have to be conducted under a supervisory committee including the experts in the archaeology department. The interim order in favour of the department was declared by a bench comprising justice Anil K Narendran and justice PG Ajithkumar.
The High Court appointed a commission under Adv MR Arunkumar to scrutinise the restoration works of the Thirunelli temple, which falls under the Malabar Devaswom Board. The commission will visit the temple on May 28.
The suo moto action included the temple’s heritage trustee PK Kesavadas as a party in the case. Court observed that the trustee took up the renovation of the temple despite the archaeological director’s demand to stop the work. The petition will be considered again on June 2.