Weeks after the controversial decision to omit KCR’s name from a plaque installed to commemorate the Statue of Equality in Muchintal, senior temple and Yadadari government officials said the chief minister wanted the ceremony March 28 inauguration ceremony at Yadadri Temple is a simple affair.
When authorities and temple officials recently met with the chief minister, he refused to allow a plaque bearing his name at the temple. “Instead of a plaque, the CM advised us to install a pylon in the temple premises with the names of various department officials, priests and architects who designed the Yadadri temple complex,” said a leading source.
“Already, the work on the pylon has been entrusted to the roads & buildings department and the work is in full swing,” added the source.
Some analysts say the decision not to install a plaque at the Rs 1,100 crore Yadadri Temple, equivalent to an irrigation project, may be a result of what happened in Muchintal in February this year. Clairvoyant Chinna Jeeyar Swamy then explained that KCR’s name had been omitted as the CM could not attend the inauguration ceremony led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to health issues and had not followed “instructions “than when unveiling the statue of Sri Ramanujacharya. But the whole episode left a bad taste in the mouth for many within the ruling party.
Interestingly, Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar also played a key role in giving suggestions according to ‘agamasastra’ for the renovation and development of the whole Yadadri temple complex and even named the hill shrine ‘Yadadri’. He had also done aerial surveys with the CM, but in recent weeks the seer has been sidelined from tours to oversee work in progress.
A 47-foot main gopuram (made from 30-40 kg of gold) and black granite used instead of brick or cement are some of the notable features of the new temple. Also, 3,000 tons of mortar, lime, jute, ink, jaggery water, aloe vera used to build forts and other monuments in Kakatiya times are special features. Special mortar and granite will help maintain a pleasant indoor temperature in all seasons.