In a move to decongest Tirumala hills and to please devotees across the country, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) is planning to build Venkateswara temples at various places in the country. The first step towards this ambitious project is to open a temple in Mumbai to cater to the needs of people of Maharashtra.
The temple may come up at Navi Mumbai where the state government has agreed to provide land free of cost, or on a private property at Chembur, which has a sizablepopulation of South Indian devotees.
Another place that is likely to get Venkateswara temple is Kanyakumari. The TTD is planning to build the temple on the sea shore. Another place ear marked for the construction of a temple is in Gole Market which is in the heart of New Delhi.
“These temples will satiate the devotion of the local population and enhance manifold their affinity to the Lord”, said TTD Executive Officer L.V.Subramaniam. Another plan is to do away with the guesthouse and rooms at the TTD’s Chennai Information centre in T.nagar, Chennai, and retain it as a fully fledged temple.
The rooms may be shifted either to the property on G.N.Chetty Road, which was donated by yesteryear actor Kanchana, or a huge complex in Royapettah, Mr. Subramaniam said. With such measures, the TTD hopes the devotees will focus more on the local temples, thus making the turnout at Tirumala more manageable. In Tirumala, during auspicious days and during vacations, Crowds gathered to have a darshan of Lord Venkateswara may have to wait for twenty four hours in the que which causes lot of discomfort to the elderly, women and children.This plan to decongest Tirumala also stems from the fact that Tirumala has to be in constant vigil against any possible security threat and overcrowding will hamper the safety of the temple.