How's this for hero worship? Now, a temple for Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party president Nara Chandrababu Naidu will be the presiding deity in a temple being built.
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party president Nara Chandrababu Naidu will be the presiding deity in a temple being built at Harischandrapuram village. In all likelihood, the larger-than-life idol of Naidu will be consecrated in about six months from the start date of construction.
The temple is set to be located on the banks of the Krishna at Harishchandrapuram in Amaravati – the new Capital Region of the state. The proposed temple will be on government land, though the size of it has not been finalised. This is the brainwave of one Buddi Satish Babu, vice-president of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Tullur mandal, the eye of the new capital, Amaravati.
Satish Babu told Firstpost that they had not finalised the maker of the idol yet. “We want to hire the best makers. Mostly, the order will be placed with statue makers in Tenali. We will do it, once we commence the construction,” he said. As regards temple’s rituals, he said they would be no different from five other temples in the village. He is considering appointing a priest (pujari) for this. To a query if he proposed to have rituals like ‘Ashtottharam, Sasharsanama, Abhishekam’ for Chandrababu, Satish said nothing had been planned yet. But pundits will be consulted before drawing up the rituals and procedures.
The dimensions of the temple will be decided soon. It could be in the size of 22 X 22 yards or 40 X 40 yards. Plus, there may be some surrounding area. On the land ownership, he said: “It is a government land. This piece of land would be of no use to anyone as it was on the riverbank and also it’s the extended village boundary.”
On asked why should he build a temple for Chandrababu Naidu, he explained any human being could help two or a maximum of five people in his life time. “But Chandrababu Naidu, by building a new Capital and also in his capacity of the chief minister, is doing a lot of service to millions of people. I thought this could be the best way to acknowledge it,” he said. Asked about the expenditure for the temple, he said it would be between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh. Who all are contributing? Satish is enlisting the support of a few of his friends and party activists to accomplish the task.
He wants to lay the foundation for the temple exactly at the same mahurat on 22 October (Vijayadasami Day) when the foundation for the new state capital Amaravati would be laid (perhaps by Prime Minister Narendra Modi). He doesn’t mind skipping the foundation-laying ceremony of the new capital city. “I am determined to complete the consecration and commence the pujas in six months,” he asserted.
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