Submitted by Rashmi on Sun, 2017-01-22 09:36 Bengaluru: Is Mantri mall cursed? Yes, says the priest of Muneshwara temple. According to Manjula, a sixth generation priest at the temple, the mall owner has invited the wrath of the deity Muneshwara for encroaching upon a lake and the temple well.The mall has always been mired in controversy. Earlier, former BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah had ordered the demolition of the compound wall, as it had encroached upon the footpath. Now, residents accuse Mantri management of encroaching upon a 100-yr-old lake, resulting in the curse."During the construction of the mall, we spoke to Mantri builders and requested them not to encroach upon the lake and well,” says Manjula. “But they did not listen to us. We also told them to perform a ritual and to provide for a water source at the temple. But they did not listen to us.”Manjula says she feels the presence of the deity in the temple which she claimed was 100 years old. "Many miracles have taken place here. Locals perform different rituals to please the deity before starting any work," she says.Subbaiah Shetty, priest at the Chowdeshwari temple located in the same premises, says devotees would take bath in the Jakkaraya lake before entering the temple. “I think that the deity is angered as the lake and well are no more,” he says. “If the constructors fail to appease the local deity, they will face more troubles."According to area corporator, RS Sathyanarayana from Dattaraya Swamy Temple Ward, the land where temple is located belongs to the BBMP. The corporator says the BBMP is planning to build a road beside the Metro station. "The BBMP is contemplating on shifting the temple as well. As it is a sentimental issue, it takes time to convince people," says Sathyanarayana.