Devotee donates 7 crores to Kanipakam temple

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The famous Sri Varasiddi Vinayakaswamy temple in Kanipakam, 15 km from here, received a large donation of 7 crore on Saturday from an anonymous devotee. A large donation to the temple is the first of its kind in temple history so far, officials said.

The head of the temple, A. Venkatesh, said The Hindu that the same devotee has promised to donate another ₹ crore soon. He said the donation would be used for the temple reconstruction project.

“The cost of the project is 8.75 crore. The central part of the temple as well as the sanctum sanctorum will be rebuilt by widening, in addition to increasing the length of the structure. This allows devotees to have a hassle-free darshan, in addition to enjoying the opportunity to witness major rituals from the abhishekam to the presiding deity, while moving along the queue to the ‘inside,’ he said.

The official said construction would be undertaken in accordance with prescribed standards of temple architecture and adhering to the sastras, and that the traditional material would be used for construction. “We will launch a call for tenders as soon as possible,” said the general manager.

Meanwhile, the temple official said that during the construction period, worshipers would be allowed to have the Lord’s darshan in the “Bala Alayam” (a temporary structure) in the temple complex. The expansion plan included two more entrances to the temple complex, as the current structure only has two.


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