Reviving a water source

Reviving a water source

The historical Gajendra Moksha Kola in Mandya has got a new lease of life due to the concerted efforts of like-minded people, organisations, City Municipal Council and the district administration. The stepped tank was in ruins due to negligence over the past many decades. Last year, the efforts began with desilting work and installing inscriptions that narrate the history of the tank. Three rainwater storage structures have been constructed in the surrounding area and they are linked to the tank.

Filtration devices have been placed in these structures to make sure that only clean water goes into the tank. Water from these structures percolates into the tank.

The efforts have yielded results and the tank now brims with water. “We are content as a historically significant water source has been restored,” says MP Mahendra Babu, who was involved in the rejuvenation work.  

It is said that the tank was constructed in 1810. The tank is a part of the Lakshmi Janardana Swamy Temple located in the city.

The tank got its current name as the temple’s Gajendra Moksha procession used to start from here. While water from this tank was used for the puja in the temple, people also fetched water from here in the past.

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