VIJAYAWADA: It seems that largely unused space in the first floor of the shopping complex on Goddess Kanaka Durga temple premises will finally be utilised for a better purposes.
The temple management is contemplating to use the commercial complex after modifying it for renting out as function hall to poor devotees at nominal fee for performing marriages, Annaprasana and other rituals.
The commercial complex will be revamped shortly and the shops in the ground floor will be dismantled for widening the path for easier movement of the visiting devotees.
“There is no much space left for pilgrims’ movement at the shopping complex. Endowments commissioner had directed us to widen the path by demolishing the shops. The shops will be relocated to the newly-constructed Mallikarjuna Maha Mandapam. However, we will be retaining the upper floor of the complex and it will act as the shade to the visiting devotees,” temple executive officer Ch Narasinga Rao told Express.
He said since many people consider performing marriages and other rituals on the temple premises auspicious, the upper floor of the shopping complex will be renovated and utilised for functions. “There is enough space to perform 10 to 15 functions at a time. Since we want to cater to the needs of the poor devotees, we will be charging a nominal fee of about Rs 100 to Rs 150 for a group,” he said.
According to temple sources, it might take some time as the proposal is still to be approved by the endowments commissioner along with estimates for the construction of shops in Mallikarjuna Maha Mandapam.