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Unending ordeal: Lord Hanuman devotees trying to find some drops of water through a pipeline to sprinkle on their head at the historic Kondagattu Hanuman temple shrine in Karimnagar district.
Unending ordeal: Lord Hanuman devotees trying to find some drops of water through a pipeline to sprinkle on their head at the historic Kondagattu Hanuman temple shrine in Karimnagar district.

K.M. Dayashankar

Three borewells, two wells at temple have dried up

Devotees scramble to fetch water for bathing and drinking

KONDAGATTU (KARIMNAGAR DT): Devotees of Lord Hanuman, who wear the Hanuman ‘deeksha mala', and other pilgrims, are facing acute water shortage at the historic Sri Anjaneya Swamy Devasthanams at Kondagattu temple shrine in Mallial mandal.

The holy tank has dried up and devotees have to satisfy themselves by sprinkling the available murky water on their head. Some are content by standing under the trickle of water from a pipe at the holy tank.

The three borewells and two open wells at the temple shrine have also dried up and the authorities supply water through tankers from neighbouring villages. No sooner the tanker arrives, devotees scramble to fetch water for bathing and drinking.

Those unable to get water from the tanker are forced to cough up money for purchase of water from shops. A 20-litre water can is sold for Rs. 50 per bottle but this does not deter the pilgrims as they have to quench their thirst in the sweltering heat. The authorities are a worried lot since the 41-day long Hanuman deeksha will end on Hanuman Jayanti, falling this year on June 7. Devasthanam executive officer Balaraju said that about 40 tankers of water are being supplied on Tuesdays and Saturdays when the pilgrim rush is heavy. Yellaiah, a pilgrim from Husnabad mandal, said: It was happy to have darshan of Lord Hanuman but it was very unfortunate that we are unable to fetch a glass of water to quench our thirst. I planned to stay for about two days at the temple shrine but because of water crisis I am forced to return to my village, he added.

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