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Liquor baron Khoday Kick-starts KRS temple shifting

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If devotees can not go to the devotees, the temple goes to the devotees. That is what is happening in Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir.

KRS Temple - Excavator, tractors etc. seen at the site moving the giant stones and broken structure.
Excavator, tractors etc. seen at the site moving the giant stones and broken structure.

The 12th century Sri Venugopal Swamy temple, which remains submerged when the KRS is full and resurfaces when the water level reaches all time low as it is happening occasionally during the last five years, is being shifted to the nearby Kannambadi village.

Thanks to Mr. Sri Hari Khoday liquor baron and philanthropist, who has taken up this gigantic task as a project of Khoday Foundation. When Khoday Foundation came forward to shift the temple's structure to Mysore with plans of locating it at Madhuvana here, the villagers of Kannambadi opposed the move and staged a protest resulting in the Foundation agreeing to shift it to a place near Kannambadi and meeting the entire cost of the operation.

KRS Temple: The Man on a Mission - Mr. SriHari Khoday
The Man on a Mission - Mr. SriHari Khoday

Early action:
In the light of the temple getting submerged once again during the ensuing monsoon, the work of shifting the temple before the onset of monsoon is in brisk progress round - the - clock since Monday. More than 180 workers having been brought form Bangalore for the shifting works, the villagers of Kannambadi have also joined them in the work on which 10 tractors, 2 JCB machines and a crane have been marked with numbers. The present design of the structure has been computerized and videographed to safeguard the heritage value of the structure, Mr. Chandramohan, Private Secretary to Mr. Khoday told our correspondent.

KRS Temple - Scoop and lift the God's House to relocate
Scoop and lift the God's House to relocate

Stone by Stone, Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple is dismantled and loaded to a tipper to transport them to a new location
Stone by Stone, Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple is dismantled and loaded to a tipper to transport them to a new location

To prevent damage to the parts of the temple's tower (Gopura) services of expert sculptors from Tamil Nadu were being obtained and in addition, engineers were being deployed, he disclosed. The site for reconstructing the temple was being acquired from the villagers themselves and adequate compensation was being paid to them. The matter had the tacit approval of the villagers, he said.

Ahead of monsoon:
The temple of Gopalaswamy, visible only when the water level at the reservoir dipped very low, had attracted a large number of devotees. It was the objective of Khoday's Foundation to shift the temple well ahead of the monsoon, Mr. Chandramohan explained. The Government, Department of Archeology, Department of Irrigation, Police and District administration have accorded their approval to the proposal to shift the temple and reconstruct the same near its original location Kannambadi village. The work of transporting the stones of the temple being in progress all the 24 hours, the entire work would be completed June 7, he disclosed.

Mr.Khoday, the Samaritan and the do-gooder provides wter and food for the workers at the siteAnother view of the temple being knocked down for relocating it
Left:  Mr.Khoday, the Samaritan and the do-gooder provides wter and food for the workers at the site. Right: Another view of the temple being knocked down for relocating it

Generators:
Due to anxiety of the temple getting submerged in case the shifting work was not completed before the onset of monsoon, the work had been intensified and heavy-duty generators were being used to ensure light for working during the night. Security personnel had been posted at the site of the temple in order to prevent the tourists form entering the temple as the work is in progress. Some hawkers had opened stalls to sell fruits, buttermilk, and soft drinks and so on near the temple. Supply of food and snacks to the workers had been given on contract to the villagers who were preparing the food by erecting a pandal at the site. Soon after the completion of shifting, reconstruction of the temple would start. It was the aim of the Foundation to make the new site of the temple as a place of tourist attraction, Mr. Chandramohan our corespondent.

Courtesy: Star of Mysore

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