Pithoragarh: Family of freedom fighter from Krishnanand Upreti has arranged drinking water from its own resources at famous Kaushalya Devi temple. This temple is located on high hill in western end of Pithoragarh city.
He lifted water from the well to the temple premises before Shardiya Navratri. First Navratri on Monday, drinking water was duly made available. Due to the availability of drinking water in temple premises, now local villagers and devotees will not have to face drinking water crisis.
Family of Krishnanand Upreti’s son Hem Chandra Upreti decided to arrange drinking water at temple from their own resources. Upreti family first tried to dig a well near temple gate. When things did not work out, then work of digging well about hundred meters below the temple premises was done.
This time his effort was successful and after depth of about hundred feet, well was filled with water. After this tank was built near the well and two electronic water pumps were also installed to lift water 100 meters.
Three connections have also been connected by laying pipeline till the temple premises last day. On first Navratri of Monday, drinking water was duly inaugurated at temple premises.
Villagers expressed happiness to see drinking water in temple. In fact, no plan for drinking water has been made so far in famous Kaushalya Devi temple of Hudeti, nearest gram panchayat to the district headquarters.
Many times villagers have appealed to the administration and public representatives to find solution to provide drinking water to the temple, but no one has paid attention to it so far.
To reach this temple, one has to cross steep climb of about 400 meters from GIC-Sukauli motorway. Various religious rituals are organized in temple by villagers throughout year, but during Navratri, temple is overcrowded.
A huge ‘Bhandara’ is organized in temple by villagers of Hudeti village on Navami of Navratri, but due to lack of drinking water, villagers have to arrange drinking water from far away with the help of laborers.
Due to the drinking water crisis, devotees who reach here also have to face lot of trouble. Many times, villagers have appealed to the government-administration and public representatives for solution of drinking water problem in temple, but no one has tried this and didn’t pay any attention.