Hyderabad: The spiritual capital of Telangana, the Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy temple atop Yadagirigutta, is getting ready at a brisk pace and pilgrims can look forward to have darshan at the main temple from March next year.
Atop the Yadagirigutta Hill, nearly 60 km from Hyderabad, the Yadagirigutta Temple Development Authority (YTDA) is constructing the main temple spread over three acres. Seven gopurams are being constructed as part of the main temple. The superstructure works for two gopurams are already in the completion stages and works pertaining to Maharaja Gopuram are underway.
Except for the south side Gopuram, the remaining Gopuram works are being taken up at brisk pace. Works on the retaining wall, prakarams and mandapams are also in progress. “All measures are being taken to open the main temple for darshan during the next Brahmotsavams to be held in March next year,” said YTDA Vice-Chairman G Kishan Rao.
In a span of about one year, nearly 70 per cent of construction works pertaining to the main temple have been completed, he said. Till date, works involving an expenditure of Rs 300 crore have been taken up and another Rs 500 crore is expected to be sanctioned shortly by the government, Rao said.
YTDA acquired nearly 1,900 acres for developing a temple city downhill at Yadagirigutta. “Of the Rs 300 crore, a major portion was utilised for land acquisition,” he said.
Special emphasis is being laid on pilgrims’ amenities, construction of a laddu prasadam complex, a vratha mandapam complex and Shivalayam works are also being taken up simultaneously, according to temple Executive Officer Geeta Reddy, who said the temple owns 39 kg of gold and 1,753 tonnes of silver.
The main attraction of the temple would be its sculpture works. Over 500 sculptors from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and other regions are working, according to Stapathi Sundara Rajan. “The pillars of 12 Alwars in the main temple will be the cynosure,” he said. Unlike other temples, constructed in recent times, the construction of the main temple is being done using the decades-old lime mortar technology. After completion of works, this temple will be known for its beautiful sculptures and quality in the execution of works, said sculptor M Velu.
“The statues of 12 Alwars in the main temple would be the cynosure,” said Mr. Rajan. Unlike other temples that were constructed in the recent times, the construction of main temple is being done using decades old lime mortar. After completion of works, this temple will be known for its beautiful sculptures and quality in the execution of works, said M. Velu, a sculptor.