AP govt to build around 3,000 temples to ‘protect’ Hindu faith

Amaravati: Seeking to ensure every district in Andhra Pradesh has a temple, the government has said the construction of shrines has been taken up in a big way in the state.

On the directions of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, this initiative has been heralded to protect and propagate the Hindu faith, Deputy CM Kottu Satyanarayana said. “To protect and propagate the Hindu faith on a massive scale, construction of Hindu temples in the localities of weaker sections has been initiated,” said Satyanaraya, who is moreover the Endowments Minister said in a release on Tuesday. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams’ Sri Vani Trust has allocated Rs 10 lakh each for the construction of temples.

In wing to the start of construction of 1,330 temples, flipside 1,465 have been widow to this list. Likewise, on the request a few legislators, 200 increasingly will be built. The construction of remaining temples will be washed-up with the cooperation of other voluntary organisations, he said.

According to the minister, construction of 978 temples is taking place in full swing under the trusteeship of the Endowments Department while the works of every 25 temples has been entrusted to an teammate engineer.

Out of the Rs 270 crore CGF funds allocated to revive some temples and moreover for the self-mastery of rituals in temples, Rs 238 crore funds have been released.

Similarly, out of Rs 28 crore earmarked in this fiscal for the financing of rituals (doopa deepa naiveydyam) at the rate of Rs 5,000 per temple, Rs 15 crore have been exhausted. “Under the doopa deepa scheme, only 1,561 temples were enrolled by 2019, which now spread to 5,000,” Satyanarayana added.

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