Hasanamba temple: Devotees complain lack of basic amenities

Rs 250 for special darshan opposed by a section of people

The Hasanamba festival that was limited only to Hassan district and was observed as a local temple festival is now visited by hordes of devotees from across the state every year during Diwali, when the doors of the temple is kept open for 15 days.

As the number of devotees are increasing the revenue in the form of offerings are also on the rise. But, the devotees lament that though there is sufficient revenue for the temple, the administration has failed to provide basic amenities on the spot.
The temple is also shrouded in controversy since the past couple of years and the government too has started to take notice of the temple with the increase in visitors.

Though the district administration has released nearly Rs three crore there is no enough development in place. The gopura work at the temple is in progress since four years. The devotees were harassed by police last year and several controversies became the talk of the town.

Prasad

Many have objected to the idea of distributing ‘laddu’ as prasad to the devotees and also for fixing Rs 250 for special darshan.

The people who are involved in planning new ideas, should also understand that providing basic amenities for the devotees is the need of the hour.

The devotees have to wait for more than five hours to have darshan of the deity on Saturdays and Sundays. The temple is closed between 1 pm and 3.30 pm and by the time the visitors come out of the temple it is evening.

No shade

The temporary barricades forming queue does not have shade. The devotees ask why the temple administration has not taken steps to make food and water arrangement to the visitors who wait for hours in the queue.
Every year the temple gets offering of lakhs of rupees and why don’t they understand the problems faced by the people here, say locals.

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