Endowments Minister P. Manikyala Rao said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been invited to inaugurate the ‘Godavari Pushkaram’ in 2015 and that arrangements for it were going on in full swing.

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the BJP State executive committee meeting here on Thursday, Mr. Rao said necessary care was being taken to avoid inconvenience to devotees by learning from the lapses that took place in the 2003 when the Pushkaram was last held.

He said nearly 25,000 acres of land belonging to various temples in A.P.were found to be either encroached or mired in court cases. The government intended to reclaim these lands. A committee headed by retired judges of the High Court was planned to be constituted for the purpose, Mr. Rao added.

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