MYSORE: Getting God’s blessings will no longer be a sweat for devotees in the state. For, the Muzrai Department is planning to install air-conditioners in major temples of the state.
The department has decided to install air conditioners in the sanctum sanctorum of these temples after receiving feedback from devotees and tourists on measures needed to improve facilities at temples.
The Sri Jwalamukhi Tripura Sundari Amma Temple at Utthanahalli near Mysore was the first temple in this region to have an AC in its sanctum sanctorum. Four air-conditioners were installed at a cost of Rs 1 lakh in the sanctum sanctorum and worship hall with help from a sponsor.
This has come as a big relief to priests, who otherwise sweat it out, especially during summer.
“During summer, devotees are unable to bear the heat and perspiration. Even we feel suffocated due to lack of natural ventilation inside the sanctum sanctorum,” priest P Veerabhadrappa said.
Another priest Dhananjaya said, “Staying in the sanctum sanctorum during crowded days was difficult. Now, with ACs, we can carry out duties comfortably.”
Tourists and devotees had complained about feeling suffocated in temples during festival rush due to low ceilings and lack of ventilation.
In view of this, then Commissioner of the Muzrai Department Nandakumar decided to install ACs. Temples have been categorised into A, B and C depending on the revenue they generate.
Confirming this, sources in the Muzrai Department said they sought technical opinion on installing an AC inside the historic Chamundi temple made of stone atop Chamundi Hill. However, Director of Archaeology and Museums, Dr R Gopal said his department will not allow this as the Chamundi temple comes under the Archaeological Department. “Installing ACs in temples is not only a violation of our guidelines but will affect the sanctity,” he said. However, he said the Sri Jwalamukhi Tripura Sundari Amma Temple does not come under their jurisdiction.
Newly appointed Commissioner of Muzrai Department B N Krishnaiah said he was yet to get details of temples that will be provided ACs.
Muzrai Minister V S Acharya clarified to Express that only temples that have a problem of suffocation and those under the Muzrai Department will be included in this project.
“In case a temple comes under the Archaeological Department, we will proceed only after approval from the department,” he said.