Lord Balaji of Tirumala is set to bless devotees living in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata with his presence. Yes, the followers of the Lord of Seven Hills, also called Lord Venkateswara, can have a darshan of their favourite god in their own cities.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), the trust that runs the Tirupati temple, is to build, own and operate Lord Venkateswara temples in these three cities.
In Delhi, the temple will come up on a 1.25-acre plot in Gole Market. The land for the construction of the temples is being finalised in Mumbai and Kolkata, TTD chairman B. Karunakar Reddy told Hindustan Times on Saturday. A London-based industrial house donated the land for the Delhi temple. Donations are also flowing in for the temple, Reddy said, adding that a “sum of Rs 10 crore has already been collected”.
It will be the first time that the TTD will be building and managing a Lord Venkateswara temple outside the temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The TTD has offered its expertise on consultancy basis to Lord Venkateswara temples at Pittsburgh in the USA.
The temple complexes will also house a Kalyana mandapam (marriage hall) and a Gnyana Mandiram (temple of knowledge), Reddy said.