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Nilanjan Bhowal

New Delhi, Delhi, India-110019

Sri Govind Ji Temple - Manipur, Restoration-Restoration

Sri Govind Ji Temple is located inside the Kangla fort, Manipur, a highly seismic area. The temple was built in 1846 AD during the reign of Maharaja Nara Singha. Unfortunately, this temple was subjected to major structural damage due to earthquakes and eventually, the deity was removed from the premises and moved to a new temple and subsequently the temple was abandoned.

terracotta installations are subject to water infiltration and freeze-thaw damage, so the temple restoration critically addressed the moisture damage, expected unit spalling and cracking repairs and masonry joint damage. The carved motifs on bricks of the temple such as creepers and flowers are unique to the era and it required a different approach of conservation.

Not restricted to a mere technical restorative program, the team searched means of engaging present day artisans to reproduce the art in the temple for replacing portions of the motifs that could not withstand any more wear and tear.

Artisans proficient in traditional terracotta masonry construction were brought on site from villages of Bengal for the restoration process. It is not the conservation of the temple alone that made the project unique, but the involvement of various groups of specialized people and craftsmen.

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