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Chinese designs for Pushkar ghats flayed

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 14, 2016, 6:49 am IST
Updated Aug 14, 2016, 7:20 am IST
The devotees are forced to sit on the floor in the summer to complete the rituals.
Girls take a selfie at the ghat on the second day of Krishna Pushkaralu in Vijayawada on Saturday. (Photo: DC)
 Girls take a selfie at the ghat on the second day of Krishna Pushkaralu in Vijayawada on Saturday. (Photo: DC)

Amaravati: The Pushkar ghats designed by China architects are troubling the public with the absence of proper space for pinda pradhanam, tents and ramps for disabled persons.

Theere is agradual increase in the number of  devotees to the ghats for holy dip, but the absence of shelter at the ghats is irking the public to perform pinda pradhanam rituals, which is a must during Pushkaralu.

 

The devotees are forced to sit on the ground in the summer with day temperature of 36 degree Celsius to 38 degree Celsius which became a big trouble at the ghats and the public are demanding to provide at least temporary tents at the ghats. Similarly, the absence of ramps in the Pushkar ghats is troubling the disabled persons to take a holy dip.

The Guizhou Interna-tional Investment Corpo-ration (GIIC) of China designed the Durga ghat and other ghats. The people are lamenting that as the Chinese do not have knowledge about the importance of pinda pradanam, they designed the ghats without a place to perform the ritual.

The devotees are forced to sit on the floor in the summer to complete the rituals. Devotee K. Mahe-swara Rao and his family members said that without pinda pradanam to elders, the holy bath of Krishna Pushkaralu is meaningless. They lame-nted that elderly people suffering from diabetes and hyper-tension are facing severe health problems to sit in the hot temperature and sought tents on the ghats for the rituals.  

A disabled person, D. Nancharayya said that there is no ramp in any ghat on either side of the Krishna river. He said that he sought to take a holy dip in the Krishna water but the absence of the ramps shattered his hopes. He said that ramps are very useful for disabled and elderly persons but the Chinese designers forget them. He found fault with the government for selecting foreign companies to design religious ghats.

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