COIMBATORE, TAMIL NADU, April 28, 2013 (News Track India): To overcome a chronic power shortage, a Ganesha Temple at Coimbatore has set up solar panels to generate its own power. A priest at the temple, Shivasri Vagesha, said they decided to use solar energy for sustaining the regular activities in the temple. "The electricity generated is useful for all parts of the temple and used for all the appliances such as tube lights, focus lights and fans. This is the first temple that runs on solar energy," said Vagesha.
The entire state of Tamil Nadu faces an acute shortage of electricity throughout the year and this has affected the day-to-day activities of people and the functioning of the industries. Coimbatore is one of the worst affected cities due to the power cuts and reportedly, this industrial city faces unscheduled power cuts to the extent of 16 hours every day.
On account of the power shortage, the temple used to remain closed in the evenings and deprive the devotees of offering prayers and worship. These trends prompted the temple authorities to tap new means of a constant power supply and opted for setting up solar panels.
Rathina Vinayagar Koil is a 75-year-old temple situated in the heart of the city where thousands of devotees visit it almost daily. However, in the wake of severe power crisis, the number of devotees visiting the temple for early morning prayers also had drastically dropped prior to the setting up of solar panels.