Renovation work at the Satyanarayana Swami temple in Annavaram is on in full swing and is expected to be completed by next month.
“According to Vedic scholars, there are two dates for the ‘mahadarshan' of the main deities -- January 28 or February 11. We will fix the date after consulting Sringeri Peetadhipathi Swamy Bharti Teertha and Vedic scholars,” said Executive Officer K. Ramachandra Mohan. Care has been taken not to disturb the main deities -- Sri Satyanarayana Swamy, Ananta Lakshmi, and Lord Parameswara (Trimurtyatmaka Swami). “Without disturbing the sacred base of main deities, Vaikunta Narayana Maha Yantram and Stupam on the first floor, we have inserted stone beams, blocks, slabs replacing wooden structures,” the EO said.
The temple was closed in February this year on the recommendations of a technical committee appointed by the government headed by chief engineer R. Jaganmohan which studied the structural stability. In 1970, the main temple was damaged when lightning struck the ‘Rajagopuram'. Cracks had appeared on the ceiling and walls of the main temple and seepage of rainwater into the sanctum sanctorum was also noticed.
After renovation, the main deities will be clearly visible to devotees. The height of the main door of sanctum sanctorum will be raised to 6.5 feet from 5.8 feet and the width to 4.5 feet from the existing 2.9 feet. The same changes are being made in the Yantralayam. The height of the ‘Rajagopuram' will be raised to 91.3 feet from the existing 90 feet. Three more queue lines will be constructed in addition to the existing one at the sanctum sanctorum. Work is on in the main temple, covering ‘Rudraksha mandapam' and ‘Dhwajastambham' with gold sheets, laying black granite stones on the temple premises, providing central lighting and sound system. Greenery with 80,000 new plants atop the hill is another feature. On the accommodation front three more buildings will be ready by the first week of December.