The neglected mandapam lies very close to the busy ECR at Poonjeri, just a few kilometres from Mahabalipuram. From the sculptures on its pillars and other evidence, it is clear that it must be at least four centuries old. It must have been part of a temple complex or a choultry for travellers. The carvings on the pillars include divine figures, erotica, flowers, and surprisingly, the likeness of a European.
Already vandals are at work. Conservationist should step in before any further damage is done. This is a fit case for ASI to take over for conservation.
co-ordinates: 12°37’3″ N 80°10’31” E