Kerala’s Carpentry marvel to adore South African Temple

via HK published on July 15, 2007

Vadakanchery:Four ornated wooden doors for Sri Venkatachalapathi temple in Botswana, South Africa (S.A) has been prepared in Kerala by Jayan Patramangalam. Doors were donated by Ramachandran and Jalaja, natives of Olloor, who are running a successful business group “Choice” in S.A.


The main east facing door which is 11 ft x 9 ft in size is carved with Lord Vishnu’s 10 incarnations (Dasavatharam). West one depicts Sri Krishna’s life in 32 different pieces of carvings. North and south doors have Lord Shiva and Brahma. All these doors are made of Jackfruit tree’s wood which is most commonly used for temple wood works and percussion instruments because of its deeply interlocked grain of the wood which resists cracking.


Jayan Patramangalam is a lecture of Sanskrit University in Kerala, how have won Lalithakala Academy award for his renowned contributions in the area. He is involved in many temple works in Kerala.

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