Development work gives Chikka Tirupati a new look

Pilgrims visiting Chikka Tirupati in the taluk might be pleased with the
development work being undertaken in and around the temple.

Works like construction of separate toilet for women, bathrooms, drainage, repair of travellers bungalow, demolition of dilapidated building behind the temple and others have been completed.

Official visit

The turn about came after Commissioner of the Department of Religious Endowment, Nandakumar, visited the temple a few days ago, to review the problems.

The temple was engaged in a legal battle with Srinivas Gowda, a resident of Kalkere and his relatives over a piece claimed by both the parties.

Though three decades have passed the issue is yet to be resolved hindering development of the place. However, Nandakumar discussed the issue with the temple authorities and Gowda and requested them to make way for development.

The efforts paid off as the work is being implemented by Prassana Venkataramanaswamy Managing Committee in a phased manner and under the guidance of Endowment department officers.

Committee president D T Puttappa, members along with Gowda have extended full co-operation to the cleanliness and development work.

Background

As the name suggests, the Prassana Venkataramanaswamy Temple here is considered to be as holy as the Tirumala Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and is equally popular. The temple’s history dates back to hundreds of years.

Every day thousands of devotees including those from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh visit the temple. The increased footfalls have transformed into better revenue for the temple. The annual revenue of the temple has crossed Rs one crore.

Lakhs of people visit the temple on Brahmarathotsava (car festival), Shravana Shanivara (Saturday) and other auspicious days. The development work will finally ease the problems visiting Chikka Tirupati.

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