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Foundation stone for Rs 150 cr 'replica' of Balaji temple laid

Press Trust of India  |  Tirupati 

: Amid chanting of Vedic hymns by high priests, the foundation stone for the proposed Rs 150 crore Lord at Amaravati,a 'replica' of the famous hill shrine of the deity at nearby Tirumala, was laid Sunday by top officials of Devasthanams.

The construction of the shrine and its linked structures like devotees' accommodations, holy tank and a meditation hall coming up on 25 acres, offered free of cost by the Andhra Pradesh government to TTD, that governs the Lord Venkateswra shrine, would be completed before the advent of summer in 2021, a told here.

On January 31, the TTD management in the presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, conducted a sacred "Bhukarshanam" (ploughing of the earth), followed by week-long rituals at the site, the added.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 19:20 IST