Communist China is all set to export Hindu Gods to India. In a first of its kind, China will soon produce a gigantic statue of Lord Hanuman for the newest state of India, Telangana.

 

 As part of its grand transformation of the state, the Telangana government headed by K Chandrasekhar Rao is creating a temple town in the state, on the lines of Tirumala of Andhra Pradesh. The venue chosen for the purpose is the Yadagiri Gutta of Nalgonda district, which is just 50 km from Hyderabad. 

 

This was the first major religious program announced by KCR soon after assuming office in 2014.  Proposed temple-town will have a colossus statue of Hanuman, overlooking the entire city. 

 

Chief Minister Rao has given his seal of approval for the installation of the Hanuman statue on Wednesday in a meeting held to review the progress of the temple project.

Chief Minister also agreed to get the 108-feet statue sculpted in China. A small model of the marble “Hanuman “will be prepared locally, which then be given Chinese sculptors for making the gigantic marble idol.

 

Hanuman will be the 'kshetrapalaka' (guardian angel of the city) of temple city.  A team headed by chief architect Ananda Sai will soon visit China to hold talks with the Chinese experts on the production of the statue.

The grand plan of having its own Tirumala in the state had begun with the renaming of  Yadagiri Gutta (Hill of Yadagiri) into a Sanskritized “Yadadri”  in March 2015 when chief minister KCR conducted an aerial survey of the Gutta along with Vaishnava pontiff Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji. 

 

It is said that after the survey, Swamiji had suggested the Sanskrit name to the new avatar of small temple town in the state. 

 

According to sources, the Swamiji is in the process of suggesting names to nearby hillocks on the lines of Seven Hills of Lord Balaji of Tirumala. The ideas is to make Yadadri a city of nine hills, (Yadadri plus eight others). It is largely believed that the entire temple project is the idea of Swamiji.

Under the guidance of Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, a township is being planned, which will give a feel of Tirumala in Telangana.  The temple will have roads, gardens, cottages, choultries, kalyanamandapam, VVIP guest houses, shopping complex and a sound system to relay the devotional music round the clock.

 

The temple city is being planned to an extent of 2000 acres. An Abhayaranyam ( wildlife sanctuary) will come up on 400 acres ( on the lines of Sri Venkateswara National Park).

 

Accompanied by Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, chief minister KCR had laid the foundation for the development of the temple city on May 31, 2016.As part of the project, a 40-feet tall Rajagopuram will replace the existing 22-feet one. The temple complex will also house various smaller temples including ones for the 32 forms of  Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swami, the presiding deity of  Yadagiri Gutta, now Yadadri.

 

According to sources in the government, the project is expected to cost around ₹750 crore.  As the temple is being planned to replicate Tirumala, the government has prepared plans to gold-plate the Garbhagudi.


 In yesterday’s review meeting, the chief minister asked the officials to complete the whole project by next Dasara.  “The chief minister wants the temple to be unique in the world in architecture and in the creation of a religious atmosphere in Yadadri city,” the sources said.