The Routine, Ritualistic & Therapeutic purposes of bathing integrate harmoniously into a single complex. The complex is built around the only Hot Spring in South India which finds itself in the midst of a privately owned arecanut plantation on the bank of the Seerehole River. The local village folk believe that the spring is a God given gift to the village, thus the name ‘Bendru Theertha’, which in the local language of Tulu, means hot holy water. A dip in the hot spring is considered to be auspicious and its high sulphur content gives the water certain curative properties. The village folk have a sentimental value attached to the spring and its revival seeks to strengthen the community while re-thinking the idea of water as a public resource.

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