|Just after the
completion of the ceremonies Pillai he came on the scene. He was perturbed by what he saw.
Since the function took place at the wrong time, he said that it would spell ruin to the
temple. Right enough, in a few months a disastrous fire gutted the eastern gopuram,
Kuttambalam and a major portion of the mandapam and several parts on the eastern side of
The Present structure is the one renovated after the fire, As a precaution against future
fires stone masonry was adopted for the renovated temple. The progress of ren0vation work
was extremely slow. After constructing the srikoil, nalambalam and mandapam the work was
in suspension for several years. In 1812, Resident-D 61. Munro, as mentioned earlier, took
over Chengannur under Governmental control along with other tern The renovation was
however completed later under the Diwanship of Shri Rajagopalachari.