A large number of residents from Nerul gathered at the site of the demolished Kalimatadevi temple atop the Nerul plateau on Wednesday morning to oppose the demolition of the new temple where the old one existed.
It may be recalled that the Kalimatadevi temple was built only recently, countering the claim of residents that it was an old temple. The Salesian Society of catholic priests had acquired the land admeasuring 93,000 sq m from the Nerul communidade to build an educational complex. The Nerul panchayat had also challenged the acquisition and the matter was pending before the additional director of panchayats. now an order has come that the temple should be demolished. following the order Tempers ran high from early morning as around 200 Nerul residents gathered at the temple opposing the move of the demolition and to to seek justice of the temple deity
, “\Are we just supposed to keep quiet when one of our temples is demolished? Shouldn’t our religious sentiments be respected?” questioned a local
Speaking further Another resident Bappa Korgaonkar, said that “If it was an illegal temple, then proper procedure should have been followed before it was demolished. They can’t just go and demolish it without any notice or anything.
also some few years back around 200 Nerul residents attempted to locate the missing idol from the temple which had been demolished. the residents then offered prayers seeking forgiveness from the deity and then vowed to construct a new temple on the spot. A vanload of laterite stones, and other construction material were brought to the spot and residents themselves started constructing the temple in the presence of a large number of policemen from the Porvorim, Calangute and Saligao police stations.