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Renovated Ramatheertham Temple to Open Today – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

VIZIANAGARAM: The renovated temple of Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy on the hills of Bodikonda in Ramatheertham village of Vizianagaram district is ready for inauguration at 7.30am on Monday. The temple was built with a stone structure and modern facilities according to Agama Sastra, the ancient temple building manual. The temple was rebuilt by the state government spending Rs 3 crore after unidentified miscreants vandalized the idols of Lord Rama on December 28, 2020.

The temple authorities sent out invitations to all the guests including MANSAS President and Hereditary Administrator of Ramatheertham Temple P Ashok Gajapathi Raju few days ago for the dedication ceremony. Endowment Minister Kottu Satyanarayana will inaugurate the temple together with Education Minister Botsa Satyanarayana. Endowment Commissioner Harijawaharlal and others will be present. The district administration made elaborate arrangements for the opening ceremony of the temple.

The suspense continues on Ashok Gajapathi Raju

The suspense over the presence of Ashok Gajapathi Raju at the opening ceremony of the temple still continues. Although temple authorities sent an invitation to Raju, sources said he planned to stay away from the ceremony, accusing temple officials of violating protocol during the laying ceremony. foundation stone held on December 22, 2021.

Speaking to the media, Raju said the opening ceremony should take place under his supervision as he is the president of the temple. “However, the endowment officials did not follow protocol and temple customs and rituals. They rejected my donation for the reconstruction of the temple. They filed illegal lawsuits against me in connection with the incidents at the cornerstone laying ceremony. I walked around the High Court to fight these cases. I will go to the temple as and when I want. No one can stop me from going to the temple,” the former Union minister said.

“Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao (former Minister of Endowments) was unfit for the post. I hope that the new Endowments Minister, Kottu Satyanarayana, will function in accordance with the Indian Constitution,” he added. Raju, a few days ago. I hope they will all participate in the opening ceremony.

It can be recalled that the idols of Lord Rama at the Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple on Bodikonda Hill were desecrated by unidentified disbelievers on December 28, 2020. This incident had created political and religious heat in AP. The state government formed a special investigation team to investigate the attack and relocated the idols carved by the SV Institute of Traditional Sculpture and Architecture of the TTD to the premises of the main temple in the following days. . He had also sanctioned Rs 3 crore for the construction of the new temple. The then Endowment Minister Vellampalli Srinivas laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of the Sri Kodandarama Swamy Temple on December 22, 2021.