Vemulawada temple plan ready
A massive plan that has already been set in motion for the development of Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple in Vemulawada, popularly known as Dakshin Kasi, is now beginning to take a shape. The blueprint drawn up by the Vemulawada Temple Development Authority (VTDA) and the shrine administration is ready for the approval of the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Vemulawada: A massive plan that has already been set in motion for the development of Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple in Vemulawada, popularly known as Dakshin Kasi, is now beginning to take a shape. The blueprint drawn up by the Vemulawada Temple Development Authority (VTDA) and the shrine administration is ready for the approval of the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
In all, the main temple will be developed in 6 acres constructing a Parakaram (compound wall) around it. The temple precincts include Abhisheka Mandapam and Nitya Kalyana Mandapam. In another 24 acres, Siva Kalyana Vedika, Sri Rama Kalyana Mandapam, Teppotsavam facility, Dharmagundam (pushkarini), Kalyana Katta and queue complex for devotees.
As the temple has no sufficient land to take up developmental works for providing better amenities to devotees, the 30-acre Gudicheruvu (tank) land on the Northern side of the temple will be used for the expansion of the temple premises. In lieu of Gudicheruvu tank land, the VTDA has proposed to acquire adjacent 30-acre private land.
Meanwhile, the government, a couple of days ago, has released Rs 62.89 crore to take up the land acquisition, construction of mini tank bund and desilting of Gudicheruvu under Mission Kakatiya works. It may be mentioned here that the CM had already announced Rs 100 crore per annum for the development of the temple.
The developmental plans also include construction of choultries, children’s park etc which may cost about Rs 75 crore. To effectively deal with the pilgrim rush, road widening works and modernization of queue complexes will be taken up with an outlay of Rs 28 crore and Rs 43 crore respectively. This apart, several amenities will come up on the Nampally hillock, the abode of Sri Laxminarasimha Swamy temple, with Rs 29.50 crore.
According to official sources, the VTDA CEO M Purushotham Reddy, who conducted a meeting with the temple Executive Officer D Rajender, Endowments Department Chief Engineer Venkateshwar Rao, temple EE Rajaiah, DE Raghunandan and the Architect Nagaraju Mukteeshwar in Hyderabad on Monday, has finalised a final blueprint of developmental works.
The officials are likely to apprise the CM of the blueprint details on May 2 or 3. Later, the CM will take a final call on the temple development plan after discussing with the Seer of Sringeri Peetadhipati.