The historic Kadamberi chira and its water sufficiency need to be protected
Kannur: How long will the grandeur of the historic Kadamberi chira (artificial pond) last? The condition of the chira, which is more than three centuries old, has been deteriorating with each day.
Kadamberi ‘chira’, which is located next to Kadamberi Chuzhali Bhagavathy temple, was once a symbol of water sufficiency in Anthoor Municipality. It was also a shooting spot for several movies. The wells located next to it never dry up and were never short of water, thanks to this 'chira'. There are also plenty of fishes in it.
However, the chira is now dirty due to the presence of moss and mud in it. The steps leading down to the chira have also been destroyed. The only ‘Kulappura’ left in the chira is also on the verge of destruction. The ‘Kulappura’ on the northern side was destroyed 40 years ago.
The Kulappuara on the east side has deteriorated. And hence the temple committee has removed the roofing tiles of the structure. Only the rafters are left on the structure as of now. But they can be destroyed anytime due to exposure to heat and rain. The temple and the 'chira' comes under Malabar Devaswom board. Bushes have been formed around the water body.
The 'chira' was cleaned by a committee led by the locals in 1993 by removing the mud and the soil. More than 100 people took part in that effort by the committee led by KP Kumaran (chairman) and PRC Nair (convenor).
'Kilippattu' (K Raghavan), 'Adhyayam onnu muthal' ( Sathyan Anthikad), 'Mayookham' (Hariharan) are some of the movies shot in the 'chira'. The demand to protect this 'chira' and its water sufficiency has been voiced from various corners.