Udupi, Apr 10, 2016: With a view to maintain the sanctity and hygiene of the 80 year old "Madhwa Sarovar" a pond at the historic Sri Krishna Temple of Udupi, which costs Rs. 2 lakh, was installed close to the pond. The seers of the Ashta Mutts (the eight mutts of Udupi) bathe in this pond. A few decades ago, people used to either wash their feet or take bath here. But this was later stopped to reduce pollution in the pond.
The new recycling plant has three filters; a hydro cyclone filter, a silica sand filter, and a disk filter. The hydro cyclone filter, materials above 100 microns get filtered. The second filter will remove the algae, while the disk filter will separate materials above 120 microns. After passing through these three filters, the recycled pond water will be supplied back to Madhwa Sarovar in a cleaner state.
The plant will run for 12 hours a day with the help of two 5HP motors. It can filter 50,000 litres of water an hour. The polluted water will be flushed out once in two hours into a separate drain.
“This step is taken to keep the pond clean and for the benefit of the devotees visiting Sri Krishna mutt. It will also help when festivals are conducted,” said Vishwesha Tirtha swami of Paryaya Pejawar mutt.
The plant has been donated to the mutt by Praveen Joshi, a businessman from Pune. His company will also do the annual servicing of the plant, and has also trained mutt members on how to use it.
“Pond, tank or lake accumulates dirt and silt over a period of time. The cleaning and recycling of water from the pond will also help the fish survive,” said Vishwaprasanna Tirtha, junior seer at Pejawar mutt.
The picturesque pond is significant as during festivals such as ‘Saptotsava’ and ‘Laksha Deepotsava’, a ‘teppotsava (float fest) is held, during which the idol of Lord Krishna is taken around the pond in a decorated boat.