If all goes as per the plans of Tripunithura Sree Poornathrayeesa Seva Sangam, the ‘oottupura’ of the temple, a heritage structure that is on the verge of perishing, will get a new lease of life.
According to the Sangam officials, the plan is to legally attach the structure with the properties of the temple.
At present, the structure is being owned by the State Stationary Department.
“The heritage structure is on the brink of collapse and it needs immediate attention. During royal reign, the ‘oottupura’ was the part of the temple and the rulers had preserved it with sanctity just like the temple. But, the structure is presently in an abandoned state,” said Seva Sangam president Jayan Mangayil.
He added that the Sangam had renovated the temple and its attachments using a total of `3 crore. “If the ‘oottupura’ is attached to the temple, we can take steps to conserve it and preserve its heritage value,” he added.
“We can carry out the renovation of the structure only if it is attached to the temple. Steps in this regard are on. As per the temple authorities, the recent verdict on the petition filed by the state government and the Seva Sangam seeking possession of the ‘oottupura’ is a positive move in this direction,” Jayan Mangayil added.
“The state government had claimed in the court that the structure and the 52 cent land near the palace high school belongs to the Stationary Department. They said that the properties were handed over to them by a ruler of the Cochin kingdom in 1960. However, the court viewed that there was no evidence to prove the claim and the issue should be resolved between the two parties amicably. We hope that the state government will soon give us the authority to posses the land and the structure as property of the temple,” the temple authorities said.