Ancient Temple ‘stitched’ back together.

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Articles, History

A 1,250 year old temple in Southern India has been saved from collapsing by using a process called ‘granite stitching.’

The temple called the Kailasanathar Temple is located in the town of Ulthiramerur, India and according to studies carried out on its inscriptions it is over 1,250 years old.

The inscriptions found on the temple suggest that the ancient town of Ulthiramerur was highly developed with a fair society which was ruled by an elected government.

The temple is dedicated to the God Shiva. It was built during the reign of Pallava King Dantivarman and was added on by later rulers.

Cracks in the walls of the temple bean to appear, some more than three feet wide, pushing the 80ft building close to collapse.

The stitching technique involved steel rods being used to strengthen the plinths with an epoxy-based chemical anchor keeping them in place.

They drill holes on both sides of the crack at about a 45 degree angle and the chemical anchor is poured in. The metal rods are inserted and rock powder covers the conversation work making it as aesthetically pleasing as possible.

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