In a major breakthrough, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD ) on Friday secured possession of over 4.53 acres of land at Kanyakumari in the neighbouring State of Tamil Nadu.

The authorities of the native Vivekanandra Trust registered the sprawling site in the name of TTD enabling the temple authorities cross the initial hurdles involved in taking up the construction of Sri Venkateswara temple in the southern region.

Buoyed with unprecedented response which it has received from local denizens of Kanyakumari for its performance of Srinivasa Kalyanam in 2010 (the event was reportedly witnessed by about two lakh devotees), the TTD had resolved to construct a temple of Lord Venkateswara along with the temple of Goddess Padmavathi Ammavaru at a whopping cost of Rs.22 crore for which land availability was a prime concern.

But, with the local Vivekananda Trust authorities expressing willingness to part with land, the Tirupati-based TTDs Joint Executive Officer P. Venkatarami Reddy along with Estate Officer Ramachandra Reddy dashed to Kanyakumari and completed the formalities involving the transfer of land.