Express News Service
HOSAPETE: Okay N Krishna Bhat, chief priest of Badavi Linga temple in Hampi for almost 4 a long time, breathed his final on Sunday morning. He was 90 years outdated. Bhat was staying along with his household in Hampi, after shifting right here almost 40 years in the past. He was appointed priest of Badavi Linga temple, a landmark in Hampi.
Located subsequent to the Ugra Narasimha temple, it’s well-known for the big Shivalinga submerged in water.
Several folks, together with relations of the Vijayanagara dynasty, guides from Hampi and politicians from the area expressed grief over the priest’s demise. Bhat was devoted to his responsibility, and would make the rounds of the temple even when in dangerous well being.
He would begin his day at 5 am and attain the temple by 6 am, returning house solely within the night, after performing puja, posing for photographers and vacationers. Prakash Okay, senior information, mentioned that Bhat was a well-recognized face in Hampi. In reality, each customer would come searching for him. “He was also famous with photographers. His passing is a big loss to tourists and devotees,” he mentioned.
“He lived in Prakash Nagar in Hampi, and would walk to the temple every day. He had been unwell for a few days, and his family was reluctant to send him to the temple due to the worsening pandemic situation,” Prakash added.
Social Welfare Minister B Sriramulu condoled the dying of Krishna Bhat and mentioned he can be missed by all who go to Hampi. “Thanks to Bhat, the Badavi Linga temple has become a great attraction among tourists in Hampi. In these tough times, we are with the family,” Sriramulu mentioned.