Brihadeesvara Temple preserved for eternity in the Arctic
Peruvudaiyār Kōvil, locally known as Thanjai Periya Kovil, also called as Brihadishvara temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in South bank of Cauvery river in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, have paintings whose images have been digitally restored and preserved for eternity at the Arctic World Archive.
By: Arctic World Archive
Paintings from Brihadeesvara Temple, photographed and digitally restored by legendary art historian Benoy Behl, are deposited in Svalbard, Norway, away from all of humanity, in indestructible format. These paintings reveal some of the mysteries of this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Speaking at the event from the Arctic, Managing Director of Piql, the company behind the Archive, Rune Bjerkestrand, said that this second deposit cemented the ongoing collaboration for preservation of important cultural sites.
"This deposit helps establish India as a cultural superpower with artworks that have not only shaped our existence since ancient times, but are also impacting our present. With the unique technology created by Piql, making these works indestructible, and support of Norway in providing a deposit at a place in the world where human existence ends, along with our artificial intelligence, powered by support of legendary art historians, we hope to transform India's presence in the world," said Hardik Somani, Director of Sapio Analytics.
The temple complex was completed in 1010 AD and is a prime example of fully realised Tamil Architecture. The temple's significance in global architecture is immense and this deposit initiates a renewed interest in the temple by the modern world.
In addition, artificial intelligence driven catalogues where A.I. has been used to extract intelligence out of ancient paintings and demonstrate new meanings of our existence through the same, were also deposited for eternity. Artificial Intelligence is being used by Sapio Analytics' Heritage Restoration Division to restore Indian culture's original glory and present to the world.