Upon entering Sarada Nagar, away from the maddening crowd and hustle bustle of the city, you are greeted by the beautiful facade of a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. Built with a modern artistic sense of architecture, it is an open space which is cooled and given shade by a clump of Chemparathy, Arali, Pichakam, Karuka, Tulasi, Rudraksha and Bilvapatra trees. Managed by Shri Sringeri Sarada Peetham, the Sarada temple situated near National Highway 44 at Shamshabad has been steadily attracting devotees from all around.
The main temple complex houses Chandramouliswara, the Shiv Ling, the presiding deity Sri Sarada, Ganesha, Subramaniam Swami, Krishna and the Nava Grahas besides an idol of Adi Shankara in an area stretching 4,500 sq yards.
Speaking about how the temple was established, retd IAS officer, MVS Prasad says, “The land belonged to a company which was in financial trouble. So when its assets were liquidated by the High Court, the company gave this land for community purposes to the Peetham.”
The construction of the Shiva temple took place under the supervision of the former civil servant, who earlier served as the Executive Officer of the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams, and Vedantam Subramanyam Ravi, former deputy general manager at Singareni Collieries. “The work on the `3 crore project began in 2009 and was funded by the Peetham. It was thrown open to the public in November, 2012, after the consecration of the main idol by Sri Bharati Theertha Swami, the 36th Shankaracharya, head of the peetham.”
Besides the main temple, an additional 1,100 sq yards were also allotted which now house an ‘archaka’ complex for the pundits and a goshala (cowshed). The architecture though inspired from traditional patterns, has a modernistic feel with a shiny granite floor and of course, the sheer lustre of a new building. The lion plays a significant role in the design, with two ‘standing’ lions at the main entrance of the temple. Another feature one notices in the architecture is that the symmetry of the designs on the pillars is punctuated by a few designed out of pattern.
Like any other modern day temple, one will also find ‘dwarpalaks’ on all four sides of the structure.
While still growing in popularity among believers in the vicinity, the temple sees its highest activity during the morning and evening prayers. Recently, the Shiva temple drew a massive crowd of 20,000 over four days during the discourses by Chaganti Koteswara Rao, a Sanatana Dharma scholar.
Besides gearing up for Mahashivratri, the temple is also preparing for a ‘vedic sammelan’ towards the end of next month.
In the future, the Peetham also plans on including a kalyana mandapam as well.