Tirumla Tirupati Temple comes up in Kurukshetra
Following the inauguration of the Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Delhi in 2013, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) had started work to build another in Kurukshetra, a holy city of Haryana.The temple was opened to the devotees on Sunday.
Set across 5.52 acres of land, it’s the biggest temple in Northern India. The Rs. 35cr project took five years and hard labor of thousands of people.
The inauguration was carried out by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, who said the temple would be a benefit for devotees of Lord Venkateshwara in North India.
Later, a puja was conducted on Sunday with mantras and rituals done by scholar Srinivasa from Andhra Pradesh.
The event also had MoS (Social Justice and Empowerment) Krishan Kumar Bedi and other MLAs in attendance.
Located near Brahma Sarovar, the temple is built with 1,500 tonnes of graphite that were brought from Tamil Nadu.
The campus has three temples. The inner sanctum sanctorum of one is home to Vishnu’s idol, while the other two are for his wives Bhudevi and Sridevi.
The land on which the temple stands was allotted to TTD by Kurukshetra Development Board in January’12.
According to Principal Secretary TVSN Prasad, a local committee has been formed to look into the temple affairs. It would remain open from 6AM to 9PM for pilgrims, and the rituals will be performed by over 70 priests who have arrived from the main Tirupati Balaji temple.
The Tirupati temple is frequented by 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily, with the number swelling up to 500,000 on special occasions like the annual Brahmotsavam.
This makes it the most-visited holy places globally. TTD is also one of the richest religious trusts.
TTD now plans to expand beyond Delhi and Kurukshetra. Lucknow, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata have been shortlisted.
Sanjay M Bhaire
(The author is Editor-In-Chief, Across State News)
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