Madhukeshwara temple tells a tale of neglect

Historical Madhukeshwara temple built on the banks of Varada river in Banavasi town is in a pathetic condition, courtesy rain and negligence of officials.

Published: 22nd July 2017 03:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2017 08:24 AM   |  A+A-

A broken wooden horse | D Hemanth

Express News Service

KARWAR:Historical Madhukeshwara temple built on the banks of Varada river in Banavasi town is in a pathetic condition, courtesy rain and negligence of officials. The roof of the temple has started leaking yet again and this has triggered both concern and worry among the devotees and art lovers. The 9th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is also known as Dakshina Kashi.

The roof leakage is being reported during monsoon months for the last four years but the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is yet to come out of the slumber.Madhukeshwara temple is the main attraction of the town located in Uttara Kannada district and it is being maintained by ASI Dharwad division. Officials concerned were sent several reminders to address the problem of leaking temple roof, but they paid no heed.

Clockwise from top: Madhukeshwara temple in Banavasi;   Water leaking on pillars in the temple; The Parvati temple next door has also been leaking; A devotee points at a leak spot. | D Hemanth

The carelessness of officials has left the local residents and historians upset.
Ganesh Sannalingannavar, Banavasi gram panchayat president, says, “Many gods and designs are beautifully sculpted in stones inside the temple. It is not only historical, but also reflects our art, culture and technology. It is shocking to see a monument of such an importance lying  neglected.”
“Not only temple, even hundreds of inscriptions, sculptures, Veeragallu and Satikallu are kept in open space and crying for attention,” he adds.

About 6-7 years ago, ASI had also constructed a building in the town, which can be used as a museum. But till date, it is lying unused. On the other side, many inscriptions are lying on the ground sans care.
“The ASI can at least shift these inscriptions to the building, but no authorities seem interested in preserving our history. All these negligence are reflection of our government department’s efficiency,” Ganesh opines. When Express tried to contact ASI Dharwad division officials over the phone, none picked.

Rajashekhar Wadeyar, president of Madhukeshwara temple committee said, the temple was repaired by ASI Dharwad in 2010-11, but its roof has been leaking from the last three-four years. ASI engineer has said they will repair the temple after rainy season.
Banavasi is considered as one of the oldest towns of India and it was the capital of first Kannada king Mayuravarma. It was also ruled by many kings. It was the capital city of many dynasties and nest for poets. Foreign ambassadors have praised the town openheartedly. The town and surrounding areas are considered historical places and they tell history of thousands of years.


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