Water is only being used for ritualistic bath to the idol

Water scarcity affects gods too Kukke Subramanya temple stops giving Teertha to devoteesImage: Kukke Subramanya temple by Soorajna (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
news Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 11:33

Water scarcity has gripped the holy temps of Kukke Shree Subramanya in Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district too, as level of well water in the temple has plummeted. The temple administration has been forced to stop issuance of “teertha” (Holy water) bottles to devotees in order to save water.

C U Poovappa, executive officer of Kukke Shree Subramanya said that the temple has stopped giving “teertha” for the last two days and water is being used only for the ritualistic bath to the idol, reported The Times of India.


“Water from this well is used for ritualistic bath to the idol as water from other water sources cannot be used for these purposes. Since well has minimum water, it is used only to give holy bath to idols," said Poovappa adding that the temple water is also used to prepare about 80 kg prasadam every day.

According to The Times of India, the average demand for “teertha” in the temple is two thousand bottles, each with 200 ml holy water in them. On special occasions, demand grows two folds.

Poovappa said that there was similar situation faced by the temple two years ago when they had stopped supplying “teertha” for over two weeks.

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