It’s been a few years since Gujarat was hit by one of the worst monsoon floods in the country’s history.
While the damage to the state’s tourism sector has been severe, the shaktekar ashram has also been hit hard.
In the past, the ashram was run by a charismatic and popular local priest, Shashi Ramanathan.
The ashram had been operating in the city of Bhuj in the western part of the state, and Shashi had a long-standing relationship with the local community.
But in May this year, the temple fell into disrepair, with the building being declared a demolition site.
“We have received many complaints from the community about the condition of the temple and the lack of maintenance,” the shashikar ashrajan said.
He said the shastras were in the process of being rebuilt and he hoped to start work on the shakhmara ashram by the end of June.
When contacted, a spokesman for the Gujarat government said, “The authorities are conducting an inquiry into the circumstances of the demolition and will act accordingly.
The temple has been given priority and will be demolished in a way that will give the environment the best chance to recover.
We are in touch with the Shashikars and we are in the midst of rebuilding the temple.”
But the ashrama’s demise is not the only casualty of the floods.
Shashikari and his wife Komal have also lost their two children.
Komal was a nurse and had been working at the ashraj for two decades.
After her husband died, Komal was given the task of tending to the children and caring for their father.
She said she had been able to provide for her family for years, and it was a relief when her husband passed away.
Now, Komals children are growing up without their father, who had been spending time with them.
‘My children don’t have a father’ “I am happy to see that my children don.
They have lost a father and I am trying to find a new one,” Komal told NDTV.
“But it is very hard.
We are looking for someone else to look after them.
We don’t know what will happen to them.
It is not fair to our children.”
“I don’t think my children will be able to see my father in the future.
I think I will never see him again,” she added.
It is not just Komal and Shashankar’s family who are struggling to cope with the loss of the ashras.
Shashankari said his parents are not allowed to visit him.
“They are not even allowed to touch my body.
I have never seen my father alive,” he said.”
I have never even been to his house, so how can I visit him?”