Delhi to have Lord Venkateswara temple
Hyderabad: The Tirumala Tirupati
Devasthanam (TTD), the body that manages activities and funds
at the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh,
is constructing a grand Balaji temple in Delhi.
"Construction of the Venkateswara temple in Delhi has
began. The temple is being built at Gole Market in the capital
and it will be completed by December, 2010 latest. A `dhyana
mandiram` is also being built," TTD Executive Officer I Y R
Krishna Rao told agency here.
The TTD will also be organising a `Kalyanotsavam`
(wedding ceremony of the Lord) at the famous Sri Venkateswara
College in New Delhi on March 21, and Raya Vellore in Tamil
Nadu later in the month, he said.
The TTD has received requests for organising the
`Kalyanotsavam` from many states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
and at Mumbai in Maharashtra. The objective of organising the
event in various towns and cities is propagation of spiritual
values among the people.
"The `Srinivasa Kalyanam` is not independent. It is
part of our efforts for propagation of Hindu philosophy and
values," Rao said.
The `Kalyanotsavam`, recently organised by the TTD at
Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu drew huge crowds.
The TTD supervises and oversees the activities,
operations and finances of Tirupati and has several temples
and sub-shrines under its control.
The Executive Officer said the TTD is also laying
emphasis on Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC) that was
set up for propagation of spiritual values among other things.
In addition to serials on Hindu religious texts, the
channel shows live various `pujas` (prayers) conducted at the
Tirupati temple, which are a huge hit with the devotees in
Andhra Pradesh and other southern states.
Expressing happiness over the channel winning 11
awards in various disciplines from the Andhra Pradesh
government recently, Rao said the present Rs 50 crore budget
of the channel can be increased further, provided value for
money and commitment of the people is assured.
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