Temples in dist likely to get facelift at Rs2.5 cr

Improving existing facilities for the benefit of devotees

The Gunja Narasimhaswamy temple in Srirangapatna was being rejuvenated at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore which was contributed by a Non-resident Indian.

Secure premises

Proposal to secure the premises of this temple further, includes installation of chain link fencing, construction of toilets and drinking water facilities.

Referring to one of the historical milestones just some distance away from Gunja temple, Gupta said the Agastyeshwara temple was built with stones and hence did not need any attention in terms of strengthening the building.

Details of basic facilities

However, the proposal includes details of basic facilities that will be created at the temple, for the comfort of visitors -- at a cost of ` 33.59 lakh.

The Kalyana Mantap adjacent to Chunchanakatte Sri Rama temple needs immediate attention with major repair works pending. A proposal has been drawn up to take up works worth ` 91.25 lakh, with ` 19 lakh being contributed using proceeds from the fixed deposit amount under the temple. Masanikamma temple in Periyapatna has facilities such as toilets and drinking water, and all tit requires is rejuvenation of the guest house.

Using up ` 30 lakh from the fixed deposit under the temple, a proposal has been prepared to take up works up to ` 48.71 lakh.

Mysore Nirmithi Kendra was directed to take up works at Shidlu Mallikarjuna Swamy temple at Bettadapura in Periyapatna taluk, using up ` 10 lakh provided by the state government.

Report

Based on a report submitted by Mysore Nirmithi Kendra, measures will be initiated to take up suitable works at shops adjacent to Sri Prasanna Nanjundeshwara temple at Old Santhepet the city.

Since the report anticipates mishaps to occur any time, with the structure housing the shops turning extremely weak, a decision has been taken to raze the buildings and build new ones in their place. ` 14.10 lakh will be used from the interest of the amount sanctioned, to take up related works, Gupta said.

Temple deposits   

Revealing that money that was received from different sources at the temples has been secured in form of deposit in banks, Gupta said Chamundeshwari temple had a deposit of ` 24 crore, Santhepet Prasanna Nanjundeshwara Swamy Temple had ` 7.71 lakh, Nanjaraja Bahadur Chatra had ` 2.81 cr, Nanjanagud Sri Srikantheshwaraswamy temple had ` 15 crore, Talakadu Vaidynanatheshwara temples had ` 3.20 crore, Narasipura Sri Gunja Narasimhaswamy temple had ` 6.16 lakh, Agastyeshwara temple ` 34.11 lakh, Muguru Tripura Sundari temple ` 25 lakh, Vadgal Sri Ranganathaswamy temple ` four lakh, Bettadapura Sri Shidlu Mallikarjunaswamy temple  ` five lakh, Periyapatna Sri Masanikamma temple ` 34 lakh and Chunchanakatte Sri Rama temple has ` 36.13 lakh in form of deposit.

In all, ` 46.53 cr has been placed in form of deposit while savings account has ` 5.62 cr, Gupta said. Additional Deputy Commissioner Zaheera Naseem, officials from Mizrai department and tahsildars of different taluks were present at the meeting.    

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