Sevalaya, in its continued initiatives in the matter of Rural Development activities, undertook Desilting of 2000 year old pond in Somanathapuram, Uthramerur, Kancheepuram district. Hyundai Glovis supported this project for Sevalaya, as part of their CSR initiative. To make the project much effective and efficacious, Sevalaya resilt the pond and Solar lamps installed around the pond and thus make the area illuminative too.
While undertaking the work, Sevalaya, to the surprise of all, could find a plaque and understand that it assumes greater historical importance.
What we could gather from the facts written in the plaque is that, Uthiramerur had excellent civic amenities during Pallava kingdom. Particularly a famous king from Pallava dynasty had fixed a plaque, in which details of exemplary administration were narrated. From the inscriptions it can be found that the King gave an excellent administration to give all the facilities to the people.
The inscriptions read: The plaque would have been installed during 894 AD by Pallava King, Kamba Varman. It was a group called Sankarapadiar who were hereditarily engaged in trading activity (oil merchants).
Sevalaya wishes to acknowledge the help from Thiru Sridharan, a Retired Officer from State Archeology Department. He has helped us in interpreting the inscriptions and given text.