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B S Yeddyurappa gets ancient pond inside Someshwara temple precincts revived on advice of astrologer in order to counter threat posed by Reddy brothers.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is unearthing a kalyani (temple pond), which once stood inside the precincts of the ancient Someshwara Temple in Ulsoor.

His pious act is motivated by the belief that it will help him hold on to the CM's chair.

The CM has had three structures demolished a house, a milk dairy and a veterinary clinic ? that stood where the pond once existed.

The CM's efforts are said to be the result of a promise made to a Namboodari astrologer from Kerala.

The Namboodari reportedly advised Yeddyurappa to dig the pond if he wants to counter the threat posed by Tourism Minister Janardhan Reddy and his brother Revenue Minister Karunakar Reddy who had threatened to dislodge the government in November last year.

"The astrologer had declared that Yeddyurappa's position would become unshakable once he paid his respects to Someshwara Shiva. The CM did as he was directed and the results were favourable.

The crisis has passed. In keeping with his promise to the astrologer, the CM began work on the pond two days ago. The entire cost of renovation is being borne by him," said a source at the Someshwara temple.

Yeddyurappa reportedly invited the Namboodari to the Vidhan Soudha in Bangalore on the advice of a leading Tamil Nadu politician.

It is in response to the CM's queries that the Namboodari suggested that the ancient Someshwara temple in Ulsoor be renovated in the ongoing month.

Residents confirmed that Yeddyurappa has been visiting the temple very often.

"The CM visited Someshwara before the renovation began. He was also here for the inauguration of the effort a week ago, and he also came two days ago to monitor the progress," said a local resident.

Bhojaraj, a member of the temple staff said, "To protect the CM's chair, BS Yeddyurappa had vowed to renovate a part of the temple. He is merely keeping his promise.

Thanks to Janardhan Reddy, our temple is getting renovated."

Sundar G, a devotee said, "CM Yeddyurappa came thrice to this temple in April. This shows he has some connection with the temple.

The rumour is that he is following an astrologer's advice. Who would dare to unearth the pond in this manner otherwise?"

Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa remained unavailable for comment despite repeated attempt.

150 : Number of years since the pond ceased to be in existence

600 : Number of years that have passed since the Someshwara temple was built by King Kempegouda who also built Bangalore.

CM's Ofering T Someshwara

Here are other changes in the temple recommended by the Namboodari

> Park inside temple precincts has been demolished because its position is believed to be inauspicious

> The temple's footwear stand has been transferred from the right of the temple entrance to the left

> An electrical transformer has been relocated as it is on an inauspicious spot


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