Andhra Pradesh

Colourful, mythological murals to greet devotees in Tirupati

An artist giving finishing touches to a mural depicting scenes from Bhagavatam, near Upparpalli Cross in Tirupati rural mandal. —Photo: B. Venkat Sandeep

An artist giving finishing touches to a mural depicting scenes from Bhagavatam, near Upparpalli Cross in Tirupati rural mandal. —Photo: B. Venkat Sandeep  

MCT focuses on providing aesthetic feel to pilgrims. For the past one week, Mr. Mohan, along with his team, began painting scenes from Srimad Bhagavatham, starting with the birth of Lord Krishna.

Devotees travelling through the major approach roads into the temple city of Tirupati will soon be greeted by colourful mythological murals! The Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT), as a part of the beautification drive, has embarked upon a new project to turn the blank city walls into beautiful paintings, depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.

In this regard, MCT officials have identified six approach roads for this project, envisaged with the main idea of providing an aesthetic/divine feel to the myriad of pilgrims visiting Tirupati and Tirumala. K.V. Mohan, a city-based painter, is seen imparting final touches to a couple of murals near Upparpalli Cross, identified one of the major approach roads for pilgrims from Bengaluru. For the past one week, Mr. Mohan, along with his team, began painting scenes from Srimad Bhagavatham, starting with the birth of Lord Krishna.

“We are delighted to be a part of this project and will do our best to portray events from Krishna Avataram,” exclaimed Mr. Mohan, mixing an array of colours to impart minute details, “This will soon be followed by murals from the Srinivasa Kalyanam and other important mythological extracts.”

Divine ambience

Speaking to The Hindu , MCT Commissioner V. Vinay Chand remarked that these beautification measures were a part of making the pilgrim experience, particularly those transgressing through the major approach roads into the city, connected with the divine ambience of the place.

“In the first phase, we will be completing the painting of murals in the identified areas. This will also contribute in making the city ‘poster-free.’ We are also in talks with the architects to install a statue of Lord Venkateswara, depending on the aesthetics of the place,” he added.

Other areas identified under the project include Rayacheruvu, Cherlopalli, Karakambadi, S.V. University and Renigunta Roads. This will further be followed by civic works aimed at improving the condition of approach roads by curb walls, interlocking pavers, plantations, landscaping, renovation of bus stops on RC Road, appropriate signages (modelled around those from Municipal Corporation of Delhi) and much more.

The cost of entire project is estimated in between Rs. 3 and Rs. 5 crore and is expected to be completed by six months.

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