Mandya, Jan 31: Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IT major Infosys, on Thursday announced its plans towards conservation and restoration of the Panchakalyani, the largest ancient lake in Melukote, in the Mandya district of Karnataka.
The Foundation will restore the lake by cleaning the tank, removing silt and waste deposit, ensuring structural and chemical conservation of the Panchakalyani and a nearby tank called the Ganeshan Honda, reconnecting the existing canals, and building a compound wall.
The Infosys Foundation has championed the preservation of ancient cultural heritage of India for several years. The Panchakalyani lake is among the most visited monuments in Melukote, which has several ancient water bodies situated on a hill top through which rain water has been harnessed for many centuries. This harnessed water has historically been used for consumption and irrigation.
Karnataka Minister for Tourism S R Mahesh, Minor Irrigation minister C.S. Puttaraju attended the inauguration of this restoration project, along with Mrs. Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, a release from the foundation said here.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs.Murty said, “Melukote was patronised by the great empires of Hoysala and Vijayanagara, and the Wodeyars of the kingdom of Mysore. Our ancestors have created several heritage structures which stand testimony to our glorious past and it is our duty to preserve those structures. The restoration project is important to improve the water quality of the lake and bring back balance in the natural ecosystem of Melukote. This endeavor will not only create awareness to preserve but also protect our rich legacy for future generations.”
Mr Mahesh said, “Temple lakes have been a major source of water in this area. As a monument, this temple complex also attracts many tourists from around the state. We are proud that Infosys Foundation has come forward to help restore this lake and revive a part of ancient history.” (UNI)