A meeting held in Madikeri on Saturday, attended by Legislative Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah and Kodagu district in-charge Minister M.P. Appachu Ranjan, has approved the second phase renovation and development works at Talacauvery and Bhagamandala temples in Kodagu, for a budget of Rs. 5 crore.
The Cauvery Neeravari Nigama had released the funds for the works, an official release said here. Talacauvery and Bhagamandala Temples Committee president Manu Muthappa sought the approval in the meeting.
Mr. Ranjan and Mr. Bopaiah asked the Panchayat Raj engineering wing and the PWD to complete the works within six months.
Mr. Bopaiah said the Talacauvery and Bhagamandala Temple Committee would undertake the ‘anna santarpana’ (free distribution of food) to the devotees on the occasion of ‘Tula Sankramana’ falling in October.
Those willing to involve themselves in food distribution could join hands with the committee. Talacauvery and Bhagamandala were pilgrim centres and should not be projected as tourist spots, he said.
Endorsing Mr. Bopaiah’s views, Mr. Ranjan said that the temple committee should lay down rules that were required to be followed by the devotees in view of the religious prominence and sentiments attached to the twin pilgrim places.
Mr. Muthappa appealed to the Minister and Mr. Bopaiah to allot the ‘paisari’ (revenue) lands in and around Bhagamandala to the committee for taking up construction of the ‘anna dasoha bhavana’, residential quarters for the priests, and other related facilities.
Narayanachar, a member of the temple committee, suggested that a roof could be built from the entrance at Talacauvery up to the main pond for the benefit of the devotees visiting during monsoon.