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Bhadradri temple renovation works to start soon

Bhadradri temple renovation works to start soon
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The soon-to-be renovated Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy temple, spread over an area of 70 acres, would fulfill the temple’s needs for about 100 years after...

Architect Anand Sai says the works will take at least two years for completion

Bhadrachalam: The soon-to-be renovated Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy temple, spread over an area of 70 acres, would fulfill the temple’s needs for about 100 years after the renovation. Two huge compound walls, Mada streets, accommodation for devotees and other basic amenities have been accommodated in temple development and expansion master plan.

According to chief architect Anand Sai, the temple development works will take two years to be completed. While Veyyikalla Mantapam and Kalyana Mantapam would be built, a 108-ft tall Lord Anjaneya statue and 70-ft tall Bhakta Ramadasu statue would be erected as part of the master plan. Modern boats would be operated in River Godavari to ensure more devotees visit the shrine. “The temple town will become a global religious tourism destination,” he added.

The temple which was first built by Bhakta Ramadasu in 17th century was renovated in 1965. For the third time, the temple development master plan will transform the temple into a world class spiritual tourism centre. With the execution of temple expansion works to the tune of 26,000 sq ft, the total temple area would be increased to 2 lakh sq ft.

While the main temple built by Ramadasu remains as it is, the temples for Alwars would be built in the northern and southern parts of the existing shrine. The temples of Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Rajarajeshwari would be given facelift lending more beauty to them. An exclusive Mantap for performing marriages would be built on the lines of the Veyyikalla Mantapam at Tirupati.

A special dais would be built for the benefit of those who write Ramakoti. An exclusive kitchen for the deities and a Yaga Saala are the part of the master plan. Temple Executive Officer K Prabhakara Srinivas said the state government was committed towards Bhadradri temple development and preliminary works in this regard have been accomplished. The execution of the master plan would commence soon, he informed. Bhadradri temple Sthanacharyulu KE Sthala Sai stated that 2,000 couples could be able to witness deities’ Kalyanam celebrations during the Nitya Kalyanam ceremony.

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