Jammu's Tirupati Balaji temple now open

TIRUPATI: The newly constructed Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Jammu has opened its doors to devotees after a grand Maha Samprokshanam ceremony, held during the auspicious Mithuna lagnam between 7:30 am and 8:15 am on Thursday. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) built the temple on 62-acre land donated by the Government of Jammu, at a cost of Rs 30 crore.

During the ceremony, Kala avahanam, Akshatarohanam, Brahma Ghosha, and Acharya Bahumanan were performed. Devotees were then allowed to have darshan of Lord Venkateswara Swamy. A large number of people from Jammu and nearby areas gathered to seek blessings from the Lord Balaji. Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha, Union Ministers Kishan Reddy, Jitender Singh, TTD Chairman Y.V. Subba Reddy, MPs Prabhakar Reddy, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Arun Kumar Mehta and others were present.

Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha expressed his joy at the establishment of the Venkateswara Swamy temple in Jammu, stating that it would bring the blessings of Lord Venkateswara along with those of Mata Vaishno Devi, Amarnath, and Sarada Devi temples to the people oh J&K. He envisioned that the state will become a hub for Religious Tourism Circuit as a series of religious events are taking place in the recent past.

TTD Chairman Subba Reddy highlighted the organization's efforts to construct Venkateswara Swamy temples from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. In addition to the Rs 30 crore spent on the construction of this temple, another Rs 5 crore will be used for setting up a Veda Patasala and Kalyana Mandapam, he added.

Union Minister Kishan Reddy lauded the efforts of Lt Governor of Jammu, TTD Chairman and others behind the speedy construction of Sri Venkateswara temple and making the dream come true for the people of J&K. He thanked AP Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, TTD Chairman, members, and all the officers involved in this divine mission of the construction of Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple at Jammu.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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