TTD golden jubilee building inaugurated

The golden jubilee building of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in the City will be used extensively as a cultural centre and not for commercial purposes,  Higher Education and Tourism minister R V Deshpande said on Sunday.

  He was speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of the golden jubilee building constructed next to the TTD’s Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple complex in Vyalikaval. Deshpande, a trust member of the TTD committee, recollected that former Bangalore mayor V R Naidu had laid the foundation for TTD activities in Bangalore in 1955 by constructing a small temple at Chamarajpet.

TTD chairman K Bapiraju said, “The TTD committee intends to use the Venkateshwara Kalyana Mantap for the propagation of Indian culture by hosting various religious and cultural programmes regularly.” This structure has been built to spread the Sri Venkateshwara bhakti cult across the globe, he added.

Shamaraju of TTD, Bangalore, said that the City Improvement Trust Board in the 1980s (now Bangalore Development Authority) had granted 1.10 acres on lease for 99 years to the TTD.

The golden jubilee building consists of four floors which includes a kalyana mantap, a spiritual library, a dining hall, rooms for guests and a parking lot. The building has come up on 80,000 square feet area at a cost of Rs 10 crore.

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