NIRMAL: Priests of the famous Sri Gnana Saraswathi temple at Basara in the district are in the eye of a storm for allegedly taking the processional deity (utsava vigraham) of Goddess Saraswathi to a private school at Devarakonda in Nalgonda district for performing Akshara Abhayasams at the school.
Taking a serious note of the incident, temple executive officer A Sudhakar Reddy has issued notices to priests seeking an explanation from them.According to officials, the temple main priest Sanjeev Kumar took the idol to Devarakonda on July 28 against the rules for conducting Akshara Abhayasam for private school students. The incident, however, came to light only after the video of the event, posted on social media, went viral.
On Monday, locals staged a protest in front of the temple demanding action against those responsible for the “illegal”” shifting of the idol.Following this, the EO issued notice to the chief priest.
Meanwhile, officials said it was not the first time that the idol was taken out of the temple. Recently, it was taken to the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Yadadri for conducting Akshara Abhyasams ‘officially’ and even the temple officials participated in the event.
The functioning of the priests has come under the scanner in the past few days. Recently, the priests had to face the wrath of the officials as they allegedly delayed offering Naivedyam by 30 minutes when Assembly speaker S Madhusudana Chary was at the temple.