An ancient and naturally-created ‘pushkarani’ at Sri Ramalingeshwara Swamy temple at Tummalapalli in Chandur mandal is being neglected as temple administration and Endowment has made no arrangements to ensure that devotees visit the ‘pushkarani.'
On the penultimate day of eighth day of Brahmotsavams on Agnigundalu celebration , about 2 lakh devotees are expected to visit the temple.
The temple is having two naturally-created pushkaranis. One is located very close to temple on the hillock and another down the hill. Temple preist Karuvanga Narasimha Sharma, whose family is performing pujas to the presiding deity over generations, has said the pushkaranis have never dried in the past 60 years . During droughts in summer, nearby villagers fetch water from these two ‘pushkaranis’ for drinking purpose.
The farmers from nearby villages believes the water has divinity and they mixes a glass of water while sowing the crops and administering pesticides. In turn, the farmers offer a share from their crop to the presiding deity.
The nearby villagers believe that the water had power to cure diseases of both people and animals.
Such a religiously important pushkarani located down the hill is being neglected totally. Not even a signboard was put up at the place. The pilgrims those who had been visiting the temple for years were only coming to see the ‘pushkarani’ during the eight-day-long celebrations.
A 70 year old devotee from Gundrampalli village, Bandla Rukkamma who came to visit the ‘pushkarani with her grandsons .
The septuagenarian told The Hindu that earlier no devotee used to return home without visiting this place as they believe that the water came from Ganga in Varansi. “If it had no connection to Ganges why it does not dry up in contrast to other massive and deeper tanks, she pointed out.
Moreover, the ‘pushkarani’ was created by the feet of Lord Siva, who walked on the earth creating to quench thirst of people Another woman, K.Lakshimi said the bad condition of the ‘pushkarani’ is due to the negligence of temple administration and the Endowments Department. Though the officials were collecting Rs. 2 from each pilgrim for darshan besides hundi collection, income on prasdam selling and others, they spend nothing on the upkeep of ‘pushkarani’ .
However, another ‘pushkarani’ located up the hill is well-maintained from where devotees fetches water from buckets to for bathing.
Recently the administrations has constructed one more ‘pushkarani’ where the pilgrims are allowed to take bath.
This water body has never dried up during summer and is said to have medicinal properties