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Bhadrachalam temple to be made into a major pilgrim centre

Hyderabad: In a bid to turn the Sri Sitaramachandraswamy Temple in Bhadrachalam into one of the best pilgrimage spots in the country, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday announced plans for the temple’s grand makeover, including an airport between Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam.

Citing the temple’s prominence, the Chief Minister, addressing a high-level meeting of Ministers and officials, said the makeover should resonate its importance, and the State would leave no stone unturned in this endeavor. The temple architect Anand Sai and his team would work along the lines prescribed by Chinna Jeeyar Swami. The Chief Minister is currently studying the plans drawn up for the temple’s facelift.

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The northern and western directions of the temples have at least 30 acre of land which needs to be developed.  Around the temple premises, there would be a Kalyana Mandapam,  shopping complex, areas of congregation for pilgrims and other facilities, the Chief Minister said, adding that these must be constructed without disturbing the temple’s Sanctum Sanctorum.

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An artist’s impression of the project

“Lord Sri Ram is revered from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, and Bhadrachalam is one place where most of his followers congregate. In order to make followers’ stay comfortable, we will ensure that there is no let up from the government’s side,” he said.

Beginning with travel, he said that there would be a new airport between Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam. The government has also sent a proposal to the railways asking it to extend the railway line from Kothagudem to Bhadrachalam.

“We will also develop a roadway which would connect up to Maharashtra and other surrounding States. Over rivers like Godavari, in addition to the existing bridges, we plan to build another thoroughfare,” he said.

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