YV Subba Reddy, chairman of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust Board inspected the site of the proposed Sri Venkateswara Temple (Divya Kshetra) in Jammu on Wednesday. The TTD Board manages the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala-Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.
He was accompanied by Jammu District Collector Sushma Chauhan, Mata Vaishno Devi temple CEO Ramesh Kumar and other officials. Reddy informed local officials in Jammu that a team of personnel from the TTD’s Engineering Department will soon visit the site and prepare a detailed report.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration in February allocated 100 acres of land for the construction of a Srivari temple. Construction of this proposed temple had already been approved by the TTD Board and will be carried out to build a replica of the Tirumala temple currently in Andhra Pradesh.
Reports have also suggested that this temple will be built in the next two years accompanied by a Vedic school and hospital.
The project, once complete, is expected to boost religious tourism in Jammu and Kashmir. In addition, the construction itself could spurn employment in the Union Territory apart from the neighbouring vicinity which will also be developed to complement the site.
Dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Vaishnavite TTD temple in Andhra Pradesh is considered the richest temple in the world.