The Peyazhvar Temple, which is the sub-temple to the Parthasarathy Temple in Triplicane, Chennai. The Sri Manavalamamunigal Kaingarya Sabha, Triplicane came forward to conserve and restore the temple since 2011 with the permission of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Board, Chennai. The Consultancy from the director, Hepzibah Institute of Heritage Conservation was sought by the Sabha and dr. V. Jeyaraj gave expertise consultancy to the Temple.

The temple stone walls and pillars were completely covered with white washes for centuries together. It was planned to remove by water jetting. The lime coats which existed after this physical treatment was applied with 5% glacial acetic acid and kept soaked for a few minutes and brushed and water jetted. Soon after a 2% solution of ammonia was applied on the areas which were treated with glacial acetic acid. Ammonia neutralises the acid and evaporates. This work was done for about two months.

Towards the end the lime washes were not able to be removed. Therefore neutral paper pulp was prepared out of blotting paper, applied with 5% glacial acetic acid in water.

 

Dr. V. Jeyaraj Lectures on Conservation/Restoration of the Peyazhwar Temple, Chennai

Dr. V. Jeyaraj Teaches the Conservation and Restoration of the Peyazhwar Temple, Triplicane, Chennai-600 005 (March 2012)

 

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