Temple ideas

In memory of parents, a policeman builds a temple

Akkapally: The new idol dedication program of Sridevi Bhudevi Sametha Venkateswara Swamy was organized in Chelmeda village in Nizampet mandal, Medak district.

Speaking to the media, Chief Priest of Yadadri Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Charyulu, informed that the three-day program started on Friday and will end on Sunday. He informed that the program for the first day traditionally begins amid Vedic hymns. He said the renovation of the temple is taking place with the help of the trust founder Nandyala Narasimha Reddy and his family members as well as the support of the villagers. “As part of the renovation, the traditional puja will be held for three days,” he said.

Explaining the three-day programs, he informed that Yagnopaveetham took place on Day 1, Samprokshanam on Day 2 and Idol Consecration program will take place on the last day. Nandyala Narasimha Reddy, Village Sarpanch Narasimha Reddy, A Ram Reddy, Deputy Sarpanch Tummala Ramesh and villagers participated in the program.

Interestingly, the founder of the trust and also a policeman had decided to renovate the old temple in memory of his parents which had been abandoned for nearly 4 decades. Nandyala Narasimha Reddy, an ASP rank officer of Telangana Police Department was born and raised in this small village to the farming couple Nandyala Chandra Reddy and Anasyumamma. It is said that Reddy spent most of his childhood in the village of Chelmeda.

Recently, the villagers had discussed the temple issue with Nandyala Narasimha Reddy and asked her to help rebuild an ancient temple. Reddy, a police sub-inspector in 1992, promised to build the whole temple by spending more than Rs 30 lakh with his own expenses. Reddy’s gesture was appreciated by the villagers. Apart from building the temple, Reddy had also donated a vehicle for garbage collection to Chelmeda Grama Panchayat besides contributing to the purchase of recreational materials at Palle Prakruthi Vanam. Establishing a trust in the names of his parents Chandra Reddy and Anasuyyamma, the ASP carries out various social activities in the village.

Speaking to the media, Narsimha Reddy said “Without the village, my parents and the people here, I would be nothing today. It is indeed my duty to give something back to my village”, a- he declared. Reddy and his wife Phani Kumari had participated in temple rituals Village sarpanch Ch Narasimha Reddy said it would have been very difficult to raise funds for the construction of the temple without the support of ASP.

Abba Reddy, an elderly person from the village, said Narasimha Reddy will always be there to support the village and its people. “We are indeed very proud of him and his accomplishments,” he said.