Thiruvananthapuram: Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys, has contributed Rs 4.5 crore towards the architectural and cultural restoration of the Somanatheswara Temple Complex, in the town of Lakshmeshwara, located around 40 kms away from Hubli, Karnataka. Part of the contribution was towards repair of ancient structures as old as 1,400 years.
The unveiling of the restored complex was celebrated with a day-long symposium on the town of Lakshmeshwara (previously known as Puligere, a seat of Kannada language), that was held at the temple complex. The symposium was inaugurated by historian N. Sundar.
Lakshmeshwara is a historic town with over 50 stone inscriptions and several temples, of which the Somanatheswara archeological complex is one. The area is renowned for its unique edifices which showcase the finest architecture from the Chalukyan, the Rashtrakuta and the Vijayanagara periods.
As part of its ongoing effort to support programs in art and culture, Infosys Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Conservation of Heritage and Rural Education (CHARE) in 2012 for the conservation of the Somanatheswara temple.
Speaking about Infosys Foundation’s efforts towards the restoration of historical structures, Sudha Murty, Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, said, “While it is crucial to support scientific progress, conserving our ancient historical monuments is equally important. These monuments are a testimony of our rich culture and a magnificent heritage for future generations. The Somanatheswara archeological complex reflects the glory of Karnataka’s artistic craftsmanship and the essence of its culture and tradition. By supporting its restoration, the Infosys Foundation is doing its bit to support historical art and culture.”