Villagers living on the banks of Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka will now be required to carry their Aadhaar card along with them to worship and visit the Huliyamma temple inside the forest. The employees of the forest department will no longer give them admission without the Aadhar card. Huliyamma Betta Temple is located at the other end of the forest. To reach here, not only the devotees but also the nearby villagers adopt shortcuts. Bandipur Tiger Reserve Director T Balachandra said that the villagers worshiping in the temple would have to bring a photocopy of their Aadhaar card. He told that we will go to the temple with him.
The employees of the forest department will no longer give them admission without an Aadhaar card.
We will take the elders of the village along. Apart from this, people will also be supervised by foresters. On 1 September, Shivamdaiya of Chaudhali village of Gundlupet taluk went to return the bullock cart to a relative in the forest. While returning in the evening, a tiger attacked him near the Huliyamma temple. This area comes under the Gopalaswamy Betta Forest Range. Shivamdaiya was killed in the attack. Following this incident, the forest department has banned the visit to the temple.