KOCHI: The renovation of the famed Ootupura of Poornathrayeesa temple, Tripunithura will begin this week. The Ootupura, which has two big central courtyards, will be preserved without changing its traditional construction. The project is being funded by the Cochin Dewaswom board and temple advisory committee. The estimated cost is around Rs 2 crore. The project will be supervised by the advisory committee of Poornathrayeesa Temple.
“Renovation of the archaic structure, which occupies an area of 17,000 sq ft will be done without altering its heritage value and architectural beauty,” said P.B. Biju, Devaswom officer.
“The renovation works are expected to be complete in six months. If the project is completed as per schedule, we will be able to serve the feast of Uthram Thirunal festival in the renovated Ootup-ura. There are also plans to lease it out for marriages and public functions,” said Prakash Iyer, president of the advisory committee.
The Ootupura stands as a remnant of the erstwhile Cochin royalty. During the eight day temple festival (Vrischikolsavam) Raja of Cochin used to serve food in the Ootup-ura. But the custom ended with the end of royal era.
“We have many fond memories of the building. The memories of Vrischi-kolsavam are blended with the aroma of Kanjiy-um Puzukum (rice porridge and curry) served at Ootupura during the festival days. I still remember the long walks through its corridors. The renovation project is a welcome step and I am happy that Ootu-pura will not fade with our memories”, said Ram-abhadran Thampuran, former member, Palace Administration Board....