A committee, headed by the District Collector, is being formed and special plan is being drawn to take care of the he calves donated to Sri Varaha Nrusimhaswamy temple atop Simhachalam, Minister for Tribal Welfare P. Balaraju announced here on Monday after reviewing the situation following the death of calves in the recent past and measures taken to protect the hundreds of calves at the temporary Gosala at Srikrishnapuram.
Earlier, in the morning locals at Pedagadili caught five Girijans shifting 12 calves in a van and handed them over to the Arilova Police.
Following this incident Executive Officer of Simhachalam Devasthanam K. Ramachandra Mohan suspended Superintendent Gopinath who is in-charge of the temporary Gosala.
It may be recalled that Superintendent of Gosala at Simhachalam A. Narasimha Murthy was suspended following the death of many calves before and during Chandanostavam.
The Devasthanam put a halt to donation of calves till the time it could make arrangements to take care of a large number of calves and is looking after the 800 plus calves of different ages at Srikrishnapurama. It suggested donating Rs. 516 to the temple instead of donating a calf.
However, devotees from rural areas brought a few hundreds of calves during the last weekend unaware of the Devasthanam’s decision and when temple authorities did not accept the calves, they left the animals at the foothill of the temple.
Some people, including farmers, started taking away the calves left at the foothill and it was suspected that some were being diverted to slaughter houses.
During his meeting with Mr. Ramachandra Mohan, Mr. Balaraju said the calves would be handed over to farmers, devotees, spiritual organisations and such others if they promised to provide total care to the animals.
On the facilities for calves, the EO said three borewells were dug to provide water and nutritious fodder was being provided.
Fodder grass would be raised in 20 acres. A veterinarian is being appointed.
Those willing to donate grass and fodder can contact the temple, he said.