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Submitted by Team TOI on 26 September 2017
The ancient Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swami temple near Kumbla here to which Sri Padmanabha Swami shrine in Thiruvananthapuram believed to have the umbilical bond, still stands tall, encircled by the sprawling serene lake, even as the shrine is yet to be turned into a full-fledged pilgrim tourism hot spot. The 3,000 years odd old lake temple, first of its kind in the State, at Ananthapura, 5 km east of Kumbla, is being visited by about 500 pilgrims a day and the figure could well stretch up to 1,000 on holidays and are offered free mid-day meals. However, the lack of accommodation and other related infrastructure facilities around the shrine hit hard the steady pilgrim flow. The temple situated in Edanad-Kannur village is vested with a mere five-acre land even as the 32 acres originally marked in its name is yet to get title deeds hampering the development activities, a senior official of the shrine, managed by the Malabar Devaswom Board, seeking anonymity, told The Hindu. Meanwhile, moves are afoot to disband the existing temple renovation committee, which includes local representatives, as recommended by the audit report even as resentment is brewing over the MDB reported move as the locals maintain that temple renovation could be hit hard if the committee is reconstituted by excluding them, sources here said.

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