Kaleshwaram (Karimnagar): A master plan for the development of historic Kaleshwara Mukteeshwara Swamy Temple, a unique shrine where two Shiva Lingas are found on a single pedestal, located on the banks of the confluence of rivers Godavari, Pranahita and Saraswathi, appears to have taken a shape.
Advisor to Government of Telangana KV Ramana Chary inspects temple precincts near Godavari river at Kaleshwaram in Karimnagar district on Monday
It may be mentioned here that the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao when he was here to lay the foundation stone for the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) on May 2 has announced Rs 25 crore for the development of the shrine besides turning the region into an international tourism hub.
Besides constructing Alankara, Abhisheka and Shayana madapams, there is a plan to construct a pilgrim centre that house anywhere between 500 and 1,000 devotees.
Facilities such as bathing ghats facilitating 1,000 devotees at a time, kalyanakatta and a shelter to conduct rituals related to pinda pradanam will also come on the banks of river. A plan is also on the anvil to develop Saraswathi temple, besides providing anna danam to 500 devotees every day.
The road between the Kaleshwaram bus station and the river will be expanded to 100 feet. Authorities are also planning to provide a spacious parking on the banks of Godavari sufficient for 300 vehicles. Construction of a mini tank bund along the Yamagundam is also in the pipeline. Construction of a VIP guest house is also among other plans.
Advisor to Government of Telangana KV Ramana Chary, who inspected the temple on Monday, said: “Government has drawn a comprehensive plan for the development of the temple. The aim is to provide utmost comfort for the pilgrims visiting Kaleshwaram.
Apart from this, a plan is also on the anvil to develop eco-tourism between Mahadevapur and Kaleshwaram towns. For the safety and security of the devotees, the temple precincts will be brought under the surveillance of CCTV cameras.”
He reviewed the development plans with the Assistant Commissioner Dusa Rajeshwar, temple EO Hariprasad and tourism department officials.
By: Adepu Mahender