This article is from Dec 10, 2020

Youth group restores abandoned temple in Srirangapatna!

A video of a temple near Srirangapatna, Karnataka, being surrounded by vines and turned into a temple for worship by a youth organization has gone viral with praise on social media.

The entire Veerabathrasamy Temple, located on the side of the road at Kancham, 2 km from Srirangapatna, was found in ruins surrounded by weeds and bushes. An organization called Yuva Brigade took up the task of rebuilding the temple after a video of the temple’s condition spread on social media.

With the permission of the local people, a committee was formed to rebuild the temple. The team worked for two consecutive months on weekends and holidays and completely relocated the temple.

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As they have been sharing their work on social media, many have contributed by providing necessities such as cement, paint and lime.

Knowing that there were no idols in the sanctum sanctorum before the reconstruction work took place, they installed a statue there and installed an iron door when the work was completed. Later, electricity was also provided to the temple.

The temple lights up on the third “Karthika Monday” after the renovation work is completed. Local villagers also attended the event. According to the Star of Mysore website, Chandrasekhar of the Yuva Brigade said that the keys to the temple were later handed over to the villagers.

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Over the centuries many temples in India have gone from small temples to art forms that have been abandoned away from the view of many people.

Read more: 1000 year old Shiva temple restored by youth.

A few years ago, we published an article on the commendable work done by the youth organizations to renovate and restore a 1000 year old Shiva temple in Pudukkottai.

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