Yadadri temple in Telangana
- October 22, 2021
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Yadadri temple in Telangana
Subject – Art and Culture
Context – It’s raining gold at Yadadri temple in Telangana. Businessmen, politicians rush to donate the lustrous metal for renovation project
- A reverse gold rush is underway at Yadadri in Bhongir district of Telangana. Devotees — especially businessmen and politicians — are racing to donate the yellow metal, which will be used for the gold plating of the Vimana Gopuram of the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple.
- The target is to collect 125 kg of gold to renovate the temple, a pet project of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, which started some six years ago and is almost complete now.
- The State government has decided to take up the gold tapering of the sikhara of the sanctumsanatorium at an estimated cost of ₹65 crore.
- The Yadadri temple renovation project aims to go beyond the holy precincts and develop the temple town on the lines of Tirumala to ensure social and economic development of the region.
- The total cost of the project is pegged at ₹1,000 crore.
About Yadadri temple
- Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple or simply known as Yadadri or Yadagirigutta temple,(also known as Pancha Narasimha Kshetram and Rishi Aradhana Kshetram) is a Hindu temple situated on a hillock in the small town of Yadagirigutta in the Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district of the Indian state of Telangana.
- The temple is an abode of Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
- It is located 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Hyderabad.
- According to Skanda Purana, Yada Maharishi son of venerated Maharshi Rishyasringa performed penance here to Lord Vishnu as Narasimha.
- Lakshmi-Narasimhadeva temple on the hilltop has deities of Narasimha in all five forms embedded in stone in the main cave.
- Historically, the temple has followed the Thenkalai tradition of the Vaishnava Agama Shastras as followed in South India.
- The architecture of the temple is based on Agama Shashtra.
- The temple is built entirely in stone.
- The temple was earlier built on 2 acres. After demolishing all structures on the temple hillock, the base for the temple is now 14 acres.
- The entire Yadadri temple renovated with the Krishna Sila (Black stone) is going to become known for its uniqueness.
- Three types are stones are being used for the temple like Krishna Sila (also known as Purusha Sila) for presiding deities in the sanctum sanctorum; Sthri Sila for deities of Goddesses; and Napunsaka Sila used for flooring, walls etc.
- Black granite stone is also used, based on the temple architecture of the Kakatiya Dynasty in Telangana.
- The black granite stone has tiny pores, and it becomes strong and hard when milk, curd, oil and other liquids get into those pores, according to learned shilipis (sculpture experts).