An Abode of Divine Calm

As you turn off the main road leading to Moinabad into Sarada Nagar, a Sarada temple sits tucked away in a bubble of serenity, welcoming all wayward souls.

Published: 31st January 2014 08:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st January 2014 02:31 PM   |  A+A-


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.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp