Conserving water, the ancient way: on temples and drought management

Tamil Nadu’s temple inscriptions provide some handy drought-management advice

Can droughts experienced centuries ago teach us ways to handle the present ones? They can if we care to look in the right place — for instance, the walls of temples in Tamil Nadu. Temples today are primarily religious monuments, occasionally visited for their art and architecture. However, in the past, their walls served as record-keepers. Inscriptions on Tamil Nadu’s temples record administrative and social decisions from a time when they were a seat of authority for the local community...................Read more


Source: The Hindu

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