INSCRIPTION ON YADADRI TEMPLE
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The inscription of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s picture on a pillar of the famous Hindu shrine of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at Yadadri has sparked a controversy.
- The Telangana government has ordered immediate removal of images of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and party symbols carved on the pillars of Yadadri temple after they created a furore.
- It issued instructions to officials that there should be no symbols other than those of religious significance in the temple complex that was being rebuilt by the government.
- Yadadri temple at Yadagirigutta are 1,000-year old temple located at about 65 km from Hyderabad.
- The temple is given a complete makeover on the lines of Tirumala, the richest temple of the country, which had gone to Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation.
- The temple is now being developed as a major pilgrim and tourist centre.
- Nomenclature:Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is also known as Yadadri and Yadagirigutta temple.
- Location:It is situated on a hillock in Yadagirigutta of Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district, Telangana.
- Features:It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The sanctum sanctorum or Garbhagriha of the temple is located in a cave, under a huge slating rock, which covers half the abode.
- A new temple is being built at the old temple site. The Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrashekhar Rao initiated the renovation of the temple.
- The work started in 2016 and the entire temple project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
- The temple was renamed as Yadadri by Vaishnavaite ascetic Chinna Jeeyar Swamy, who is overseeing its construction.
- The temple is built entirely in stone (by sculpting a hill of granite into a temple), probably the first one after the monolithic Kailasa Temple in the Ellora caves that was built in 8th
- The centuries-old practice of using lime mortar to join different stone parts is being used. The architecture of the temple is based on Agama Shashtra.
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