After six long years, doors to the renovated and reconstructed Yadadri temple were finally reopened to devotees on Monday. At 11. 55 am sharp.
The gold-plated doors of the sanctum sanctorum — abode of Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy — were opened amid chants by a host of senior priests and rutvicks.
The renovated temple premises were inaugurated by chief minister, K Chandrasekhara Rao during the auspicious ‘mithuna lagna’. Several cabinet ministers, TRS leaders and officials were in attendance at the event even as there were no VVIPs — either from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh or the Centre.
As the nine hills of Yadagirigutta echoed with ‘Namo Narasimha’ mantras, thousands of people across the globe watched a live stream of the grand inauguration ceremony of the centuries-old Kakatiya-style temple. A festive fervour was palpable among locals as temple authorities permitted some devotees from Yadagirigutta village a darshan after 4 pm.
When the Sri Venkateswara Swami temple at Tirumala went to Andhra Pradesh after the creation of Telangana in 2014, KCR said that the new state too needed a spiritual hub. In 2015 he announced that the 1,000-year-old Yadadri temple would be developed as Telangana’s answer to Tirumala and started work on turning the temple into a grand complex.