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History of Ganesh Temple, Secunderabad

Sri Ganapathi Devalayam at Secunderabad deserves a special mention in terms of its architectural grandedur and spiritual sanctity. Historians opine that resplendent icon of Lord Ganapathi was found out in 1824 by the Madras Regiment Sepoys, while they were digging a well of portable water there. With great devotion, the Sepoys consecrated the idol and installed it in an architecturally marvellous temple, built according to Aagama Sastra. This temple is situated just beneath Secunderabad Railway Station and about 2 KM from R. T.C. Bus-stand. This temple is now acclaimed as one of the gigantic temples in the Twin Cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, enthralling the devotees with its rare spiritual ambience. It is also said that the Icons of Sri Navagraha Valli Deva Sena Sametha Sri Subrahmanya Swamy and Sri Anjaneya Swamy were consecrated and installed in the vicinity of Sri Ganapathi Devalayam in 1932.

From time immemorial,Temples in India have been pioneering Centres, spreading spiritual messages and propagating the unique cultural and civilizational values of ancient India. Among such ancient and holy temples, Devaiay&mui Secunderabaii deserves a special mention in terms ofits architectural grandedur and spiritual sanctity. Historians opine that resplendent icon of Lord Ganapathi was found out in 1824 by the Madras Regiment Sepoys, white they were digging a well of portable water there. With great devotion, the Sepoys consecrated the idol and installed it in an architecturally marvellous temple, built according to Aagama Sastra. This temple is situated just beneath Secunderabad Railway Station and about 2 KM from R. T.C. Bus-stand.

This temple is now acclaimed as one of the gigantic temples in the Twin Cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, enthralling the devotees with its rare spiritual ambience. It is also said that the Icons of Sri Navagraha Valli Deva Sena Sametha Sri Subrahmanya Swamy and Sri Anjaneya Swamy were consecrated and installed in the vicinity of Sri Ganapathi Devalayam in 1932. Again, in the year I960, the temple underwent extension so as to accommodate the ever­growing influx of devotees for the Lord’s darshan. The Ganapathi Devalayam was taken over by the Department of Endowments, Andhra Pradesh in 1968. The architectural splendour and spiritual sanctify of the temple is not only kept in- tact, but also a number of such constructional activities – as housing Sri Uma Maheswari Alayam in the vicinity of the temple and building the Maha Mantapam and the Vimana and Raja gopurams (pinnacles of the temple over the sanctuary) have been taken up, thereby making the temple a *Centre of Spiritual and Religious pursuits’.

The icon of Lord Vinayaka is consecrated daily in the morning with Paftchamruthabhkhekam by renowned Archakas and rendered pujas in adherence to the Vedic injunctions. Every year, on the occasion of* Vinayaka ChaturthV, the idol of Lord Ganapathi is worshipped in conformity with the Mahanyasa and Vedic traditions. Till the day of immersion of the sacred idol of Lord Ganapathi, a Nine-Night long celebration of the festival (Nava Rathri) is held during which, traditional dance performances, recital of Harikatha, Purana Pravachanam and music concerts by the well-known artistes are conducted with great gaiety and piety.

The celebrations etui on the last day Le.f Anautka Chaturdasi and come to a dose the next day when ‘Poornahoothi’ and poor feeding are conducted. Traditional celebrations awe also conducted on the occasions of Hanuman Jayanthi, Siva Ratri, Dasara and Subrahmanya Swamy Farther, the temple fe known for Us meticulous performance of Vratams such as Kedar Vratham during Aswayuja ; VaraLakshmi Vratam during the month of Sravana; mass Sotyanaroyana Swamy Vratham during the month ofKaarmika and a host of other pious Vratams every year. The construction of Maha Mandapam, Satakaram, the carving of Sri Smodasa Ganapami and the Mahadwara reflecting the architectural style and Mil of the Kakateeyas, fascinate mnHons of devotees and pilgrims reminding them of the pristine purity of Andhra culture and civilization.

The presiding Deity of this Temple — Lord Ganapathi is known for his boundless benevolence in fulfilling the wishes of the devotees who throng this temple day in and day out through-out the year. During me last two decades, the temple’s popularity has steadily increased along with the income because of lot of developmental activities taken up. The main source of income to this Temple is through votive offerings and hundial collections. The annual assessable income of mis temple is Rs,63,81,900/- and the establishment charges » 27 %. Tim temple h manned by the Executive Officer in the cadre of Deputy Commissioner of Endowments Department There are religious staff numbering (22) and secular staff numbering (31) with supporting duty wages staff numbering (10)worting in me Temple.

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