Devotees visiting the Subramaniaswami Temple in Tamil Nadu are expressing their strong demand for the cleaning of the contaminated Saravana Poigai pond. The temple, which welcomes hundreds of devotees daily, is grappling with worsening contamination issues. Devotees perform various rituals at the pond, including the act of tonsuring the head. Despite the presence of toilet facilities near the temple, people continue to wash their clothes in the polluted water, further exacerbating the problem.
Disturbing Sight: Polythene Bags and Algae Mass
The seriousness of the situation is highlighted by the presence of polythene bags and chip packets floating on the Saravana Poigai pond, as reported by ANI. These visible signs of pollution are deeply concerning to the devotees. The contamination has resulted in the proliferation of algae, transforming the once serene pond into a disturbing sight.
Urgent Call for Action: Devotees Demand a Clean Pond
Driven by their devotion and concern for the sanctity of the temple, devotees who visit the Subramaniaswami Temple are demanding immediate action to clean the Saravana Poigai pond. The contaminated water poses a threat to both the ecosystem and the religious practices conducted at the temple. Devotees firmly believe that the purity of the pond must be restored for the smooth conduct of their prayers and rituals.
Lingering Impact: Past Incidents and Suspicions
The history of the Saravana Poigai pond reveals a troubling past. In 2016, thousands of dead fish were found floating in the tank, emitting a foul smell that alerted the temple workers to the problem. Initially, suspicions arose that the water had been intentionally poisoned, potentially due to the annual fishing rights associated with the temple’s tank. The incident left a lasting impact, amplifying concerns about the pond’s cleanliness and safety.
The temple authorities entrusted workers with the task of removing the dead fish, but the recent contamination issues suggest that the underlying problem remains unresolved. The devotees’ demand for a clean pond is a reflection of their desire to preserve the sacredness and tranquility of their place of worship.
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