Temple land ends up with illegal owners

Zameendar donated 305 acres, only 77 remain with temple

Ramesh Susarla

GUNTUR: About 200 acres of inam land belonging to the Sangameswara temple at Jagarlamudi in Chebrolu mandal of Guntur district has been sold to third parties. The Endowments Department admits to having no definite information about it.

Manikyarao Sidhartha Venkata Markandeyulu, zameendar of Rachuru in Repalle mandal, had built the 200-year-old Shiva temple and donated 305 acres of land for this. The 200 acres the temple lost out will cost not less than Rs.70 crores.

For temple service

The zameendar, a relative of Gajapathi kings of Bobbili in Vizianagaram, had donated the land for services to be rendered in the temple and to meet the expenses of daily pooja. Today, only 77 acres is with the temple.

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