Mysuru, January 31:- Srikanteshwara Temple in Nanjangud is among the top A grade temples of the state, but there is no accommodation facility for the pilgrims and they are forced to spend their night on roads.
Pilgrims throng in large numbers from various places to seek blessings from God. Apart from the 24 rooms at Girija Convention Hall which was constructed with donations of devotees and the dormitory of the temple can accommodate 180 people, but there is no accommodation facility at the temple premises. Devotees and citizens have alleged that though the temple administrative committee and Muzrai Department has come forward to construct guest houses, so far no work is in progress.
The number of devotees visiting Srikanteshwara Temple is increasing every year. The pilgrims throng to the temple in large numbers during Mondays, full moon days and other special occasions. They are forced to stay at private lodges by paying more money. The temple gets more than Rs 20 crore as annual income and the collected amount is kept as a fixed deposit in banks, but has not been utilised for the temple infrastructure.
M Mahadevu, the minister in the cabinet of former chief minister SM Krishna had taken measures to develop the temple in 2006. However, the project of constructing lodges did not get implemented.
“Srikanteshwara is our family God. We have come to the temple on the occasion of full moon day. But there is no accommodation facility at the temple. Private hotels have been fleecing the pilgrims and demand Rs 700-800 for a night’s stay. As we are unable to pay that much money, we made children to sleep beside the road and we are staying awake for safety purpose,” says Someshwarappa who has come all the way from Tumkuru.
In the first phase of project development, a commercial complex has been constructed on the lines of facilities provided at Tirupati. As there were no takers for the commercial shops, the 14 shops have been converted into a lodge. Shockingly this place has been used by people who consume liquor, it is alleged.
The pilgrims have appealed the temple administration to provide more accommodation for devotees at Srikanteshwara Convention Hall for the benefit of the people.