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Resurrecting and Restoring Ancient Hindu Temples and Murtis for Future –Mission by Sthapati R. Selvanathan

Sthapati is the official name of a Hindu temple architect and there is great demand for experienced Sthapatis as Hindus are today building temples around the world. Sthapati R. Selvanathan too has built many temples around the world but what makes him different is his efforts to protect ancient temples and murtis – His mission is resurrecting and restoring the old Hindu temples as they are our heritage, important reference points and each temple is a store house of knowledge. The Hindu writes about Sthapati R. Selvanathan’s efforts Selvanathan’s heart lies in restoring ancient temples on the verge of collapse. “These temples represent our heritage, a testimony to the expertise of our ancestors. Besides, they are reference points. It is fine to build a new temple but in Tamil Nadu, a place of over 40,000 temples, resurrecting and renovating old ones would be more appropriate,” says the master craftsman. Wife Ponni helps her husband with research and has facts on her finger tips.  It is