Kamala, a tribal woman, Bangalpadi, Nilgiris, “We have a Ranganathan temple next to the spring. After the first three months, a child is born we bring the child here and pour the spring water on its head to bless the bay. We’d then take water from the spring without footwear and cook our first meal.” “Why is there a temple next to the spring?” “God is important and so is water. There is no point having a temple without water or water without a temple, both are as important. We survive because of the spring water. I’m happy that the younger generations are taking good care of the springs. People from nearby hamlets come here for water during summer months. “There is no God without water and there is no water without God.”

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