Christian opposition to TTD’s plan for Lord Balaji temple in Kanyakumari

published on June 15, 2013

Lord Balaji of Tirupati is due to come and reside in a piece of land (named as Tirupati Puram) offered by Vivekananda Kendra in Kanyakumari. Bhumi Pooja was performed for the construction of a temple for Lord Venkateswara on June 4.

The temple will have all the amenities on the lines of temple at Tirupathi with goshalas, veda padasala, marriage hall, anna prasada bhavanam. It all began thus: 5 lakh people participated in the Srinivasa Kalyanam (a ritual reminiscent of the marriage of Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi) at the Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari held in the year 2010. Overwhelmed by this response, TTD officials were prompted to think the Lord’s way of conveying that he wanted to be in Kanyakumari.

Vivekananda Kendra has donated 4.68 acres of land to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) for this purpose.

Meanwhile, Christuva Munnetra Iyikkiyam (Forum for Uplift of Christians) President Yesuraj submitted a petition to the Collector Nagarajan opposing the construction of temple, stating that as the minorities are not allowed to construct church as per law, the same rules should also be applied to the Hindus, the petition said.

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