Monday, June 08, 2009

S.V. Nagaram Aranmanai - Arani

Place : S.V Nagaram Aranmanai
People : Mega, Arivoli, Vinnoli, Srini, Aathi, Raju

When I was looking for interesting places to visit, my Friend Arivoli took me to all these places in vellore

After that his brother Vinnoli found for me Poosimalai Kuppam Aranmanai

And now his mother pointed us S.V.Nagaram Aranmanai in Arani. She had been to this place in her sixth standard and could neither remember the way nor the exact location, which is too much to ask considering that was so long back. Anyway all that I would need is a name and she gave it. Hence I was waiting for a chance to go to this place and when my friend Dhamu's marriage happened it was settled.

My searches on the place yielded little information except the fact that it was near Arani and now a Govt Agriculture department was functioning in its place.
When I knew that a govt office was functioning, I had doubts of seeing the place fully or without any hassles. And it happened the same way. When we entered the premises and requested permission to see around the place, we were promptly denied permission. The second time, they relented and gave permission and left us alone.

We started going around the place with a spoilt mood due to the behaviour of the govt officials.

Entrance :

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It seems there are 2 big buildings inside the campus and we will first look at the one that is visible from the road.

Front view :

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Inside view:

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Entry :

All the doors of the palace were locked and we had to go through the opening in this door.

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The room :

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Remains of a college that must have been functioning in this place.

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Window Decorations:

The highlights of this palace was the decorative windows and the pillars. We will have a look at some of the windows.

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Wooden Pillars :

The Wooden pillars were out of place in this palace since these were the only place where there was wooden pillars.

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Ceiling Decorations :

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Pillars :

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Owl :

There was a single specimen of this owl. I still dont know whether this was a a real bird or a sculpture.

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Stair Case inside the palace

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Balcony :

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Outer :

The outside of the palace read that a Veterinary hospital had been functioning out of this palace. Hmmm... People have abused this palace as much as they can.

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Garden :

Since the agriculture department is functioning now, I think they have developed a garden.

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Water Fountain :

This must have been a water fountain.

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Second Aranmanai :

This is the second building inside the campus.

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Paintings:

The highlight of the palace was the pillars, window decorations and the paintings on the ceilings.


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Glass :

To my untrained eyes, even this glass looks to be a work of art.

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Some Motto :

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Finally the palace is a work of art and must have been beautiful in its time, but now is in ruins.

It is a very good candidate for the TTDC to take over and make it a tourist spot like Nayakkar Mahal in Madurai.

23 comments:

Dharma said...

Very nicely put..

If only this palace had been in some other state/country, this would be have taken good care of..

Pity that TN Govt does not give enough importance to historic palaces :-)

Regards,
Dharma.

Bala said...

Funding might be the problem. I dont think they have the money and resources to maintain it.

Megarajan said...

dharma,

If not the government, atleast the local businessmen who are well off, should take up responsibility.

Bala,

Yes, Its a fact that government maynot be able to maintain everything in the state. But they should think of some way such that this each place is self reliant to take care of itself.

Thanks
Megarajan

prakash said...

HI GUYS,
Nice place . I am also from S.V. Nagaram. The palace is one of the most important place in history, but nobody not interested to save the palace. The T.Malai Collector recently visited to the palace, but he also not interested to any improvement of the palace .Please inform to all our friends in our network & feed back to tamilnadu government to request save the histrogical place ...
Regards
Prakash
nprakashsg@gmail.com

Megarajan said...

prakash,

thanks for coming here.

Since you are from SV Nagaram, Could you please let us know of the historical facts behind this palace. The more the better.

Thanks
Megarajan

Mitr - Friend said...

Hi. Am new to your blog... Been already once but posting comment now. Ur trips are good...
This is an awesome piece of info about SV Nagaram Aranmanai. An interesting 'Road Less Travelled' place.. - My Travelogue

Megarajan said...

Hello Mitr,

Welcome to this blog ..

Your blogs too look interesting... will check them out ..

Thanks

Subbu said...

Amazing place. This should have been a archeological preserved place. Pity to see in such a bad condition

prakash said...

Hi Megarajan,
The palace inside most of histrogical is place there.

Regards,
Prakash
nprakashsg@gmail.com

h.kartik said...

Dear Mr.Megarajan
was fascinated by your blog on the aranmanai as it is in the same town where my grandfather practiced as a doctor in the 1930s . i have spent many a holiday in my childhood roaming arani and went back a few years ago on his centenary. i am always fascinated by places and and historical venues in Arani and can only imagine waht a fabulous historical background this place must hold. i plan to visit it next time i am in india and hope to dig out some of the history behind the place, thank you for your wonderful photographs
best wishes
hariharan

Megarajan said...

SEnthilsubbu,

Thanks.

prakash,

thanks for dropping by.

kartik,

you are welcome.

vijay said...

Hai, i am vijayakumar i living subramaniswamy koil st in s.v.nagaram i like s.v.nagaram its my native places

radha said...

I am Radha, I am from Mumbai. This is my native, though i have not born at this place, but I love my native because its my father's birth place. My father loves to stay here. Govt. or some business man should take care of this palace and make it a tourist.

Megarajan said...

Hi Radha,

Thanks for dropping by.

prakash said...

Dear Megarajan,
Now i try to find out any details about our palace , I informed my friends .I heard now the palace inside the goverment opened engineering college .Pls forward the photos to my mail.
Thanks,

Prakash
Singapore
nprakashsg@gmail.com

karthi said...

Hi this is karthi.i am living in s v nagaram at retc street (opposite to shiva vishnu temple) really i feel very happy to see this . thank you for giving this wonderful opportunity to see our aranmanai . i never see those photos before. thease are rare photos. thank you once again

sathishkumar said...

Hi this is sathish.i am living in s v nagaram this my native i'm birth in s.v.nagaram

Anonymous said...

suba and shoukath

glad to see my native place after a very long time.i wish some one should also post the perumal koil pictures also.

shoukath & suba said...

suba and shoukath

glad to see my native place after a very long time.i wish some one should post the perumal koil pictures also.

sasiuu said...

hi i am sasikala....from arani..my mum was born in s.v.nagaram..so i know about that palace...in that palace was ruled by vijaya king...so that area was called sathya vijaya nagaram....it's short form of s.v.nagaram

Usha Rani said...

Hi I am Usharani, Now i am doing Ph.D. coimbatore. SV nagaram is also my native, i born in SVN i did my schooling in same place, when i was studying i used to go through the way of palace, I saw the interior decoration of Jagir in this website. Really it is Fabulous, yet i never seen these places before.

Megarajan said...

hi usharani,

thanks for leaving a comment.

Dhilip Kumar said...

Hi guyzz S.V.Nagaram is mother home town i love to live there but i cant...But i use to come there.., I saw the interior decoration of 'JAGIR' in this Blog. Really its amazing!! Am very happie to see Now Engineering College is going On in Jagir...Itzz happy to hear!!!

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