Murals at Guruvayur temple get new lease of life during pandemic
Guruvayur: Murals in the sreekovil at Guruvayur temple, which have faded or come off over time, are being repainted. Artists from the new generation are giving a new lease of life to the murals created by expert painters centuries ago.
The murals at the temple are around 200 years old. A fire had destroyed the murals in 1970. Following this, eminent artists Mammiyoor Krishnanakutty Nair, M. K. Sreenivasan and K. K. Warrier repainted the murals. In 1980, the trio, along with Pattambi Krishna Warrier renovated the murals. K. K. Warrier had changed the murals on the south wall of the sreekovil 10 years ago.
We want to safeguard the Guruvayur style paintings and introduce its value to the next generation. That is why the murals are being repainted during the pandemic when there are less visitors at the temple, said K. B. Mohandas, Chairman, Guruvayur Devaswom.
The murals are being repainted under the leadership of Guruvayur Devaswom's Institute of Mural Painting principal K. U. Krishnakumar and senior instructor M. Nalinbabu.