Udupi, Apr 27, 2019: Desilting at the picturesque Madhwa Sarovar on the premises of 800-year-old Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple in Udupi has commenced. Water from the pond was drained out completely and the top layer of water from the pond was pumped into two wells on the temple premises so that it could be used for washing and other purposes.
The remaining water, which was dirty, was then pumped into drains so that the pond became completely empty. There is a small square shaped well inside this pond.
“The silt in the pond is a foot deep. The work to remove silt from the pond has not been done for near 2 decades. Last it was done during the first Paryaya of Vidyadheesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Palimar Mutt. Since silt had accumulated in the pond, the Palimar seer desired to remove it and beautify it in his second Paryaya now,” Shreesha Bhat Kadekar, Public Relations Officer of the mutt stated.
After the silt from the square shaped well was removed, water had started coming from the springs below it. It is customary for the seers to have a dip in the Madhwa Sarovar before they perform pujas at the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple.
The work to remove silt from the pond was at a full pace on April 26, Friday. “Two cranes and 40 workers were pressed into service to remove silt. The work is expected to be finished on Saturday/week end, PRO Kadekar said.
On the filling up of the pond with water, PRO Kadekar said: “The pond should get filled by water from the springs in the well inside it or there should be rain.”
A mantapa in the midst of the Madhwa Sarovar adds to its beauty. This pond attains the zenith of its splendour during the Teppotsava or the boat festival, which is a part of the Laksha Deepotsava, when hundreds of lamps are lit around the pond and the scene is unforgettable.