Panchalinga darshan on December 2

30-35 lakh pilgrims expected, district admin to take steps to check epidemics

Dengue scare in the district may have subsided in the recent days, but the district administration doesn’t want to take any chances with Panchalinga Darshana at Talkad, T Narsipur taluk in the district slated on December 2.

Addressing a preliminary meeting of officers recently, Deputy Commissioner Ramegowda said, with footfalls estimated to be between 30 lakh and 35 lakh, the department of Health and Family Welfare should take adequate measures to check the spread of epidemic at the time.

Measures like setting up make-shift hospital, stocking of emergency medicines and awareness programmes on Information, Education and Communication (IEC) with thrust on hygiene has to be taken up.

The deputy commissioner instructed other departments concerned to draw up an action plan and proposals in advance, and create basic infrastructural facilities to make it hassle free for the devotees. He directed the officers to give preference to permanent programmes that could help avoid recurring expenditure during the similar occasions in the future.

Public Works department has been directed to initiate measures to erect temporary barricades and a helipad; stainless steel railings; renovation of guest houses; furniture refurbishing. All the prominent roads and State Highways (79 and 84) connecting Talkad should be developed.

The Panchayat Raj engineering wing of ZP has to take up works on further developing 35 km of road and 5,000 metres of drainage and temporary drinking water facilities at 10 places.

Permanent and temporary toilets separately for men and women will be set up. Similarly, temporary cloak rooms and shelters have to be constructed. A total of 1,300 changing rooms, with 1,080 reserved for women, has to be built. 

Permanent rooms for changing clothes at two places and parking lots at four places are essential. Works on renovating the existing government buildings in Talkad, and construction of  permanent rest rooms for devotees at Mudukthore, another place of religious importance near Talkad has to be planned.

Police have to ensure adequate security, besides opening check-posts and putting other mechanisms in place. The onus of cultural programmes is on Kannada and Culture department giving equal priority to both local and State level artistes. The department should not give room to any chaos and confusions, especially pertaining to the remuneration for participating artistes, poets meet and also publicity materials.

Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (CESC) has to install an additional five permanent five transformers at Talkad, Mudukuthore and Sri Arkeshwara Swamy temples in the vicinity. Generators have to be stationed for the illumination of temples. Electricity bills on the usage of power for 30 days has to be submitted.

Bathing facilities have to be provided at Cauvery River, Madhava Mantri canal and other places, while service roads have to be further developed. Dilapidated bridges on service roads have to be rebuilt and safety walls at the canals have to be repaired.

To enable transportation of devotees, KSRTC has to ply adequate fleet of buses and also tour packages for the benefit of intra-State devotees. Fire and emergency services department has to take precautionary measures for the safety of devotees, as they could meet with dangerous situations on site.

Myth behind event

Panchalinga Darshana falls on ‘Amavasya’ on fifth Karthika Monday. This year, the religious event is celebrated after a gap of three years on December 2. Earlier, it was celebrated in the year 2009. Previously, after a gap of 13 years, the event was celebrated in the year 2006. It’s for the third time in seven years, the religious fete is being celebrated again.

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