Rajanna Sircilla: Taking bath in cold water is a thing of the past at Vemulawada as devotees can now take bath in hot water after tonsuring their hair as solar water heaters have been fixed in the Vemulawada Rajarajeshwara Swamy temple.
In order to provide hot water to children and aged people, temple authorities have arranged 2,000 litre capacity solar water heaters at Kalyanakatta of the shrine. Two water heaters each with a capacity of 1,000 liters have been set up at a cost of Rs 3.5 lakh.
Every day, 1,000 liters of water was being supplied to devotees and another 1,000 liters was being stored for the next day. An average of 8 to 10 liters of water is required for each person. With the installation of solar water heaters, around 1,000 to 1,400 devotees can take bath with hot water every day.
Since a long time, there is a demand for hot water from devotees. Every year, about 60 lakh pilgrims from Telugu States as well as adjacent States such as Maharastra, Chhattisgarh, and Karnataka visit the Vemulawada shrine, which is considered as Dakshina Kashi.
Children and aged people used to face hardships to take bath after offering hair to the deity. Usually, Rs 10 is being charged from each person to remove hair. Besides this, the shrine earns around Rs 6 to Rs 7 crore through the auction of the hair every year. Though the temple was getting huge revenue, devotees were unhappy that they had to take bath in cold water.
Speaking to Telangana Today, a devotee, U Sridhar appreciated the temple authorities for providing hot water facility. A native of Husnabad, Sridhar who visited the temple to offer the hair of his second son said that there was no such facility when he offered the hair of his elder son two years ago.
Temple executive officer D Rajeshwar said that around 2,000 litres of hot water would be provided to devotees every day.