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HYDERABAD: If Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh is one of the most sacred pilgrimage centres in the country and the world, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wants to make Yadadri one of the top spiritual sites of India. Touted as “Telangana’s Tirumala,” Yadadri temple, formerly Yadagirigutta, is getting a new and bigger complex with all amenities for pilgrims.
The 1,000-year-old Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, which is getting a complete makeover on a 14-acre land on the hillock, is likely to be thrown open to pilgrims from June this year. Sources said the CM is set to visit the hill shrine in the third week of February and oversee the ongoing project, which is expected to cost around Rs 1,500 crore.
Ever since the bifurcation, KCR has been keen to replicate Tirumala’s grandeur at Yadadri. Towards this end, he left no stone unturned to change the face of sleepy Yadagirigutta (renamed as Yadadri), 63 km from Hyderabad, and turn it into a ‘mini Tirumala’.
If Tirumala is synonymous with Alipiri Mettu, Maha Dwaram, Ananda Nilayam, Garbhagriha and Pushkarni, KCR’s Yadadri will have all that and more. Tirumala, which is located at a height of 853 metres on Seshachalam Hills, was constructed in Dravidian architectural style in 15th century by Sri Krishnadevaraya. Yadadri is situated at 200 metres height on Yadagirigutta (hills) and KCR brought 500 sculptors from Telangana, AP and Tamil Nadu to chisel history, culture and famous personalities on all sides of the temple on the lines of kings of medieval India, besides inscriptions.
Tirumala temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, while Yadadri has Lord Narasimha Swamy (also called Yadadri Narsanna), also an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, as its main attraction.
The Yadadri temple architecture — modelled on Kakatiya architectural style — was finalised by city-based architect Ananda Sai. “Over 42,000 tonnes of black granite stone (Krishna shila) from Gurijepalli in AP’s Prakasam district was used for construction of the temple. In those days, elephants and horses were used to transport the heavy stones. We deployed heavy cranes to transport the granite blocks on to the hillock,” vice-chairman and chief executive officer of Yadagirigutta Temple Development Authority (YTDA), G Kishan Rao, told STOI.
KCR, who himself is closely monitoring the construction works, laid the foundation stone on May 30, 2015. “Yadadri temple will soon be known as one of the world’s famous Vaishnavite temples on the lines of Tirumala,” said Kishan Rao.
The sanctum sanctorum will be opened for devotees after performing rituals as per Agama Sastra, said head priest Narasimha Charyulu. “Not a single modern-day leader has dared to build a temple of such magnitude and grandeur across south India as KCR has done,” he said.
The CM is planning to perform a ‘Maha Sudarshana Yagam’ before the consecration of the temple. He is likely to invite the President, Prime Minister, chief ministers, governors, 3,000 ruthviks, Vedic scholars, pontiffs and seers for the ‘mother of all yagnams.’


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