The Auspicious Date
Soon the construction picked pace for not one temple but 9 prominent temples. Sriman Granthi Kantharao, son of the Granthi Subbarao (CEO of Betul Nut Industries), actively took part in the temple development. He got Sri Sri Sri Chinnajeeyar Swamiji to lay the foundation on 21st Dec 2015.
Finally, the 9 temples successfully took shape with few other donors funding the project. It happened purely due to the motivation and the divine ‘Sankalpam’ of Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji.
The nine temples are:
- Vaikuntta Na:ra:yana Perumal
- Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
- Ashtalakshmi Deva:layam
- Sudarshana Na:rasimha Perumal
- Ko:danda Ra:ma Swamy A:la:yam
- Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Sannidhi
- Sri Krushna Perumal Sannidhi
- Bhu Vara:ha Swamy
- Vishwakse:na, A:lwa:ra:cha:rya Sannidhi
The temples’ inauguration ceremony began on Feb 1 2017. Many Ve:dic Pandits, Jeeyars, and Pi:tta:dhipathis (Heads of Monasteries) were invited for the event. Vikasatarangini members and students from Vijayawada/Guntur too participated in the grand event.
Some of the important people who graced the function on the first day were:
Sriman Sitarama Swamy – Head of Mumukshujana Peettam, Peddamukteevi.
Samudrala Venkata Ranga Ramanujacharya Swamy
Sriman U.Ve. Udaiyvar Swamy from Vijayawada.
Hundreds of devotees thronged the hills and offered their services and prayers. 16 free buses were arranged for the devotees to easily travel up the hill.
“It was a grand event that took place for 6 days”
On the first day Sri Ahhobima Jeeyar Swamiji performed ‘Nadi Puja’ (The ritual worship of the river Krishna), And the holy waters were used for the temple sampro:kshanam (Customary temple cleaning & purification ritual). HH then performed Go:puja (Worship of the cows), Vishwakse:na puja (Worship of Viswakse:na). These rituals were excellently carried out by Sriman Yajnacharya, Sriman Samudrala Srinivasacharyulu, Sriman Mudumbai Madhusudanacharya & his team.
Sriman Yajnacharyulu conducted the Yajna in the Yajna Sha:la (The place where the yajna is performed), beginning with A:rani mathanam and Agni Pratishta. [Arani mathanam is the process of producing natural fire by the churning of woods of Ravi, Jammi and Sami amidst Vedic chanting.] and ending with purification process with Panchagavya and finally the pu:rnahuthi (the grand finale ritual of the sacrifice)
The Village Festival
In the evening, the main deities along with the Utsava Mu:rthis, took a grand procession around the hills through the surrounding villages. Several people gathered to see the beautiful Gods. The entire village adorned a festive look with devotees dancing, singing and playing instruments.
Sri Sri Sri Chinnajeeyar Swamiji too took part in the celebrations. HH stayed on the hills all the 5 days and the grandiose of the festival was such that it felt like there was a huge city atop the hills! HH conducted the ankura:rpanam and ‘adhiva:sa’ ritual for all the 9 temples systematically without deviation, although it was a difficult task, to do for all the temples in one go!
[Ankuararpanam means “sowing the seed” and Adhiva:sa is a series of ceremonies preceding the installation of the deities in idol form, in a temple. It is a ritual which describes the God in the idol form. And in order to tell about the condition of the idols, all the related rituals of Adhiva:sa should be done. ]
It was an auspicious day of Ratha Saptami. HH Swamiji gave an excellent speech on the importance of the day. HH described the greatness of the Sun and the significance of the most divine sloka – Aditya Hrudyam- Ra:mayanam says that Sri Rama attained victory over Ravana after chanting Aditya Hrudayam.
HH then made everyone repeat the slokas and explained its meaning word-word. Devotees participated in the recitation of Adityahrudayam with enthusiasm and devotion.
Later in the day, several other ritualistic ceremonies related to temples, were conducted. That day, also happened to be the day when Sri Ahobila Jeeyar Swamiji took Sanya:sashramam some 12 years back.
So, Sri Chinnajeeyar Swamiji honored Ahobila Swamiji with blessings, flowers and lots of appreciations.
On day 4, Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Sriman Kamineni Srinivas attended the event along with his family. Later in the day, Sriman Yajnacharyula Swamy performed the Abhishe:kam ritual for the main deities and HH did the Abhimantra ritual for all 50 idols in the temples.
Sri Swamiji then gave a lecture on the importance of chanting of the holy names of God. HH also explained about the adhiva:sa rite. It is a ritual which describes the God in the idol form. “And in order to tell about the condition of the idols, all the related rituals of adhiva:sa should be done” -said Sri Swamiji.
That evening, devotees offered hundreds of fruits and flowers to the Lord. The premises appeared colorful and fragrant everywhere…
The day began with Vedic chanting. Ex MP Sriman Lagadapati Rajagopal visited the event and took the blessings of HH. Later Sriman Granthi Kantha Rao, Sriman Gokaraju Gangaraju, Sriman Ramesh Guptha, Sriman Mukkamala Apparao, shared about their experiences with Sri Swamiji.
In the evening, devotees chanted Sri Vishnu Sahasrana:mam stho:thram and later some rituals were performed where ‘Yanthras’ were placed in all the temples, followed by Bimba-stha:pana ritual.
On the eve of the new beginning of Vijaya Ki:la:dri temples, Sri Swamiji made an announcement.
The service of food distribution must be done to all the devotees and followers of other faiths/philosophies at their residing places itself. If required, all the necessary provisions, and funds must be supplied for their convenience.
Later that day, Lord’s ‘se:sha vasthram’ (clothes that adorn the deities once) were sent to Vijaya Durgamma temple, Sri Mangalagiri Narasimha Swamy temple, A:njane:ya Swamy temple, and a nearby Siva temple.
This was the most important day of the event. The day began with ‘Tirtha Goshti’ program in the presence of Sri Sri Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, Sri Ahobila Jeeyar Swamiji, Sri Devanath Jeeyar Swamiji, Sri Sattagopa Jeeyar Swamy, Srivilliputthur Jeeyar Swamy, Sri Sri Vrathadhar Jeeyar Swamiji, Sri Sri Sri Sriramachandra Jeeyar Swamiji. After Ti:rtha Goshti, several other rituals were performed in the temple premises. It was a feast to the eyes to watch the programs being conducted in different temples by all the Jeeyars!
These magnificent, splendorous group of temples would not have been possible without the donors pouring in their funds in various forms. The funds together with the devotional services rendered by hundreds of devotees for the temple construction guided by HH Sri Swamiji and other Jeeyars is the reason for the successful construction of the temples per the wish of Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji!
It is indeed our good fortune that we have the most auspicious hills located in our presence where Lord has decided to dwell in several forms as deities in the temples atop the divine hills. There are a source of prosperity and salvation.