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Ancient Gudimallam temple a picture of neglect

Ancient Gudimallam temple a picture of neglect
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The oldest Parasurameswara temple at Gudimallam near here has remained in dark for years, thanks to the apathy of the government, particularly the Tourism Department, which failed in exploiting the rich tourism potential of the rare temple. The temple has many special features both historical and architectural which no other Hindu temple has. The Lingam dates back to the first or second century BC.

Tirupati: The oldest Parasurameswara temple at Gudimallam near here has remained in dark for years, thanks to the apathy of the government, particularly the Tourism Department, which failed in exploiting the rich tourism potential of the rare temple. The temple has many special features both historical and architectural which no other Hindu temple has. The Lingam dates back to the first or second century BC.

It is amazingly life-like and it has an image of Siva,resembling a vigorous hunter, carved completely within Linga. The same kind of exquisite and spectacular sculpture could not be found anywhere. Further, it is nearer to the well connected famous pilgrim town Tirupati and Renigunta railway junction with 24 km and 14 km away, respectively .But the tourists coming to the temple are very negligible.

There are days in which the number of tourists was in single digit,revealing that the temple as a marvelous monument is not getting the due attention it deserves from the people, due to lack of basic facilities and exposure. Any one keen on visiting the temple has to take pains as there are no proper sign boards on the road to the temple and the 3 km road from Papanaidupeta, the nearest town, was narrow and full of potholes.

Though the ASI, which maintains the temple, under the Centre’s Tourism corridor project developed the temple at an outlay of Rs 3 crore giving the much needed facelift but not provided basic amenities like a resting place, toilets and parking facility. Talking to The Hans India, an ASI woman employee in the temple said she herself was facing much difficulty with no toilet revealing the failure of ASI in providing the essential facility required for the visitors while the Tourism Department too was ignoring the temple.

However, district tourism officer Chandramouliswar Reddy maintains that they have been doing their best to attract tourists. Talking to The Hans India, Reddy said they were unable to provide facilities like resting rooms, toilets and parking place as they could not acquire land despite best efforts.

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