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Visakhapatnam: Lord Venkateswara Swamy Temple will be open to the public from March 23 | Visakhapatnam News

VISAKHAPATNAM: The long-awaited sea-facing temple of Lord Venkateswara Swamy would be open to the public from March 23 after the Maha Samprokshana attended by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The temple was built by the TTD on a sprawling 10-acre site on a hill between Gayatri College and Gitam University near Rushikonda beach with an estimated cost of over Rs. 25 crores.
Special poojas would be performed by TTD staff from March 18. They would start with Ankurarpanam and Kalasa Sthapana. The temple was supposed to be dedicated by the chief minister on August 13 last year, but it was postponed.
Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas, along with TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy, TTD EO KS Jawahar Reddy met Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in his chamber at the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday and invited him to attend at the idol installation ceremony. The temple priests blessed the CM with Vedic hymns and offered him prasadam.
The six-day Vedic rituals would start from March 18. The idol of Lord Venkateswara Swamy would be installed amid special rituals by the Vedic priests and pandits of TTD on March 21. Maha Santhi and Abhishekam would be executed on March 22, and Venkateswara Swamy Kalyanam would be performed later that evening. On March 23, the entire Maha Samprokshana program was likely to be broadcast live.
The spiritual carvings were made at TTD’s Sri Venkateswara Institute of Traditional Sculpture and Architecture, sources said. The temple has a meditation and reception hall for celebrating marriages and a facility for resting too. TTD has laid a 500 meter ghat road for visitors to reach the temple from the beach road.
Besides the shrine of Lord Venkateswara, the temple premises will have two sub-temples of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple and Sri Andal Ammavari Temple.