Mumbai, 01 Dec 2011(P.R.O) The Mumbai city and pilgrim city of Tirupati shares a great spiritual bonding as the former houses the temple of Kolhapur Lakshmi Devi and the later Universal God, Lord Venkateswara and aspired that the relationship has been enhanced with TTD setting up information centre in Mumbai said the Maharastra government cabinet minister for Rural Development Sri Jayanth Patil.
After inaugurating the sophisticated Information centre in Sion West, Mumbai on Thursday in his Chief Guest address, the honourable minister said, the Lord of Riches has finally showered his blessings on the country’s commercial capital which is facing its bad phase of economic growth. “With the blessings of Lord of Lords, now nobody can stop our growth”, he asserted.
He asked the TTD to enhance dharmic and spiritual activities in the state of Maharastra. “About 40% of devotees to Shiridi temple are from Andhra Pradesh and similarly the temple town of Tirumala witnesses huge turn out of pilgrims from Maharastra. We not only reciprocate spiritual but also cultural relations. This bonding should grow to further levels in future”, he aspired. The minister said the Maharastra government will extend full support to TTD to construct Lord Balaji temple in Mumbai”, he added.
Sri Satej Patil, Minister for Home in government of Maharastra after inaugurating the e-darshan counter asked TTD to start another counter at Kolhapur. “We are so grateful to the temple management for offering silk vastrams to Goddess Lakshmi Devi every year”, he added.
Later Sri Sachin Ahir, Minister of state for Housing in Maharastra cabinet who inaugurated the prayer hall in the information centre said Mumbai has a population of about one crore. “This information centre is sure to benefit the devotees of Lord Venkateswara to plan their pilgrimage to Tirumala”, he added. He said TTD should set up information counter in every district of Maharastra. “We will extend our full support to TTD to construct Lord Balaji temple in Mumbai”, he added.
Speaking on the occasion TTD’s Board Chief Sri Kanumuru Bapiraju said the massive success behind the growth of the temple administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is the spirit of team work extended by its 10 thousand plus strong work force. “The recent brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavathi are the best instances. We will continue the same spirit in organing religious and dharmic events across the country in future also. We are contemplating to organise Kalyanotsavams in four areas in Mumbai city soon”, he added. Later he thanked Sri Jain, the owner of the building for providing the space to TTD to set up the information centre.
Later TTD EO Sri LV Subramanyam said, the information centre in Mumbai has come up in the right time as the number of pilgrims to Tirumala from Maharastra are increasing by leaps and bounds day by day. He said the Balaji temple which is set to come up in Mumbai in future is sure to give religious delight to the denizens in the commercial capital of India. “If the Vibrant Mumbai turns in Spiritual Mumbai then the growth of the country becomes unstoppable”, he asserted.
TTD JEO Tirupati Sri P Venkatrami Reddy, CVSO Sri MK Singh, SE Sri Ramachandra Reddy, EE Sri Nageshwara Rao, Addl F.A&C.A.O, Sri O.Balaji, Special officer Sri Murali Krishna, other diginitaries Sri Kripa Shankar Singh, Sri Raviraj, local advisory committee members Sri Ranganathan, Dr Geetha Kasturi, Sri Sameer Mehta, Sri Kadambari were also present.