'Kathirmandapam' at Neyyatinkara Sreekrishna Swamy temple in dilapidated state
Neyyattinkara: The Sreekrishna Swamy temple at Neyyattinkara, that earns a whopping Rs. 92 lakhs every year, is in disrepair despite being the highest earning temple in the Neyyattinkara Devaswom Group. The temple that could host up to three marriages simultaneously can't even handle one now, thanks to its dilapidated state.
The marriage auditorium with two stages or 'Kathirmandapams' built in wood may collapse anytime since the pillars have become unstable. There are no utensils to cook food for a sadya after marriage. The families that hold a marriage here are currently bringing their own utensils for this purpose. The temple that receives large amounts in revenue through marriages also does not have its own generator system. So a power failure means a full blackout, even during a marriage.
The temple authorities had submitted requests and representations to buy utensils and generator for the temple but this was allegedly ignored by the Devaswom authorities. The temple advisory committee president T Sreekumaran Nair and Secretary S K Jayakumar said that the authorities have not responded to their requests including that to reconstruct the boundary wall of the temple situated on the banks of Neyyar. They also said that the temple authorities are preparing to do renovation and construction work on their own.
Devaswom Sub group officer M S Sivakumar said that application has been submitted to the Devaswom Board for the renovation work. He added that application has been submitted to the office of the Aranmula Thiruvabharana Commission for the purchase of utensils.