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Sanghi Temple in Sanghi Nagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

On the once formidable hillock, stands the abode of the Gods. A slice of heaven brought down to earth at Sanghi Nagar. Its aura of divinity beckons the faithful and the devout who seek God’s infinite love and blessings.

A sanctimonious ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the temple complex was presided over by his Holiness Jayendra Saraswati Swamiji of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on February 25, 1991. With this auspicious beginning a work force skilled and dedicated artisans worked in earnest and completed the project in a record time of 18 months. Watching benevolently over mankind is the Sanghi Temple stop Paramanand Giri. The Raja Gopuram can be seen from several kilometers away which is very tall.

To ensure that nothing but the best went into the project, the Sanghis retained the services of Shri Ganapathy Sthapathy, the renowned sculptor. Among his note worthy creations are the temples in New York, Pittsburg and Chicago. The only recipient of the prestigious Padmasree Award for Temple Architecture, Shri Ganapathy Sthapathy conceived the entire architecture in Chola and Chalukya styles. Right from selecting the site for the temple to the location of each temple and determining the measurement of the deities, Shri Ganapathy Sthapathy followed the Shilpa Shastra meticulously.

Standing at the foot of the hill is the temple as a salutation to Lord Hanuman. An ardent devotee of Lord Rama, Hanuman is reverred for the qualities of devotion, courage and strength. Leading to the temple complex is a long flight of steps with stone elephant heads forming banisters. The climb ends at a heavy, ornately carved door designed in a style typical of temple main entrances. The presiding deity of the temple complex is Lord Venkateswara who is bestower of piety and plenty. The idol of Venkateswara inside the sanctum sanctorum is 9-1/2ft tall.

To the right of the Balaji Temple stands the abode of his consort Goddess Padmavathy. Sitting on a lotus and holding lotuses in her hand, she is the epitome of love and mercy.

To the left of Balaji temple is the temple of Lord Shiva. This all powerful Lord, to whom the Cosmic dance of “Shiva Mahatandav’ is attributed and is menacingly seated on a lotus with a crescent moon decorating his hair and trident in his right hand. Standing in her rightful place is ‘Shakti Swaroopini’ Kamalambika.

Beside the Balaji temple resides the temple of Lord Shri Rama. Shri Rama symbolizes man’s conquest over evil.
Next to this is the temple of Lord Vijayganapathi, the remover of all obstacles. Lord Ganesha’s blessings are invoked prior to commencing any activity.

To the left of Ganesh temple is the abode of Lord Kartikeya.   

From here we move to the Durga temple. The daughter of Sumeru, the Mountain God, this dark hued moon faced three eyed, saffron clad Mother Gowri removes l fear of her devotees providing courage and strength.

The temple for Ashtalakshmi is between Balaji and Padmavathy temples. The eight facets of Mother Adilakshmi showers devotees with prosperity and well being.

Taking one back in time is the Kalyana Mandapam built inside the temple. Traditionally weddings and other important functions are performed on the temple grounds. A well tended lawn in front provides plenty of open space for seating the spectators.

The only open temple in the complex is for the Navadurga deities. Surya, the Sun God blazes a trail in his one wheeled chariot in the centre surrounded by other Grahas each facing a direction over which he rules.

Yet another hallmark of the rich tradition of Hindu culture is the Goshala. The cow has always been an object of reverence for the Hindu religion. Hence, Late Paramanand Sanghi envisaged a Goshala. It was built to sanity the land and also meet the dairy requirements of Sanghi Nagar. The Goshala shelters over 400 heads of cattle which provide milk, ghee and curd for colonies and the temples. Milk at highly subsidized rates is supplied to the employees from the Goshala and the Dairy Farm.

A treat to the eye is the Pavitra Vanam or ‘Holy Garden’. A colorful expanse of flowers and leaves form this Pavitra Vanam. Sacred leaves and flowers are an essential offering to the Gods and form a part of every pooja

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One Response to "Sanghi Temple in Sanghi Nagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh"

  1. Aquil Rama Chandran says:

    Sangi temple hayathnagar

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