Sarada Temple at Shamshabad has been steadily attracting devotees
Four years ago, it was just a piece of barren land, measuring 4,500 square yards, close to National Highway-44 at Shamshabad. Today, it houses a beautiful Sarada Temple, which is managed by the Shri Sringeri Sarada Peetham.
Here is how the land came under the Peetham. Justice Nooti Rammohan Rao was dealing with a petition following the liquidation of a company’s assets. On request, he ordered that the land be set apart for community purposes.
The company gifted 4,500 sq. yards and another 1,200 sq. yards at what is now Sarada Nagar were gifted by to the Peetham. This is apart from another 1,100 sq. yards at Sampath Nagar. While the temple is located in the main plot, the other houses the ‘archakas’ complex and a ‘goshala’.
The Rs. 3-crore project, which began in 2009, was entirely funded by the Peetham. It took shape under the watchful eyes of M.V.S. Prasad, an IAS officer, who also served as the executive officer of the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams, and Vedantam Subramanyam Ravi, a former Deputy General Manager at Singareni Collieries.
The progress of work was religiously reported to Sri Bharati Theertha Swami, the head of the Peetham. Finally, after the ‘pratishta’ (consecration) of the main idol by Swami on November 23, 2012, the temple was thrown open to devotees.
Now, there is a proposal to construct a marriage hall near the temple. The temple has been steadily attracting devotees from the city on full moon day. Apart from ‘Satyanarayana Vratham’, ‘Lingarchana’ on Mahasivarathri is a big draw at the temple. Discourses by Chaganti Koteswara Rao recently also drew large number of devotees.