Fund shortage, internal conflicts amid tall claims cripple Sanskrit studies

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In Mani Ratnam’s Bollywood movie Guru, actress Aishwarya Rai dances to ‘Barso re megha’ song atop a historical monument located in Melkote, Karnataka.

The picturesque Raya Gopura, an unfinished monument built during the Hoysala dynasty rule around the 10th century, on which she stands, overlooks a series of deep stepped temple tanks and farmlands on a hill.

The Raya Gopura even features in Rajinikath’s superhit movie Padayappa where he gets his daughter married to the man she loves.

Melukote, a historical temple town of archaeological importance in Karnataka’s Mandya district located about 150 kms from the state capital, is a famous shooting spot.

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