Bengaluru, Jun 7 (UNI) Worried over the continued dry spell and delayed South West monsoon, the Karnataka government has ordered for conducting special prayers and Poojas in the temples, which comes under Muzarai Department on Thursday.
According to official sources, the Muzarai Department has released additional funds to all the temples which comes under its administration to offer special Pooja to invoke rain god.
In a special Pooja conducted at Rushyashringa Temple in Kigga village in Sringeri taluk of Udupi District, the Minister for Water Resources D K Shivakumar and Minister for Muzarai P T Parameshwara Naik participated in the Pooja and prayed the rain-god to bless with good rains across the State.
Karnataka is reeling under severe drought condition due to lack of rain and the State government has declared 156 Taluks as drought hit and many parts of the State are facing acute drinking water problem.
Veerendra Heggade, Head of the Manjunatheshwara temple in Dharmasthala had advised the devotees to defer their plans to visit the shrine as the region is facing shortage of water following drying up of the Nethravathi river and its Tributories in the District.