The cornerstone for the Sri Balaji temple in Navi Mumbai will reportedly be laid on June 7 by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). Eknath Shinde, the chief minister of Maharashtra, has been invited by the TTD to the ‘Bhoomi puja’ ritual. It will be Maharashtra’s first TTD temple.
TTD, the richest Hindu temple trust in the world, would build a copy of the well-known Tirupati Balaji temple on 10 acres in Sector 12 of the Ulwe node. The land piece, which is advantageously close to the future airport, was given to TTD by Maharashtra in April 2022. The land is worth 500 crore rupees, but TTD calculates that the construction will cost about 70 crore rupees.
Earlier, the government stated through a news statement that the temple would develop into a tourist and religious destination, creating jobs for residents. The state department of urban development moved the idea.
The land for the temple was supplied at a lease rent of Rs. 1 per square metre and Rs. 1 per floor space index as part of the city-level provision for urban regions.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, which has built temples under a similar concept in cities including Hyderabad, Chennai, Kanyakumari, and Bengaluru among others, wanted land in Navi Mumbai.
Many thousands of Maharashtrian followers of Shri Venkateswara visit the Tirupati Balaji temple in Andhra Pradesh. It is challenging for many people in the state to go to the temple there. Now, they can conveniently worship the Lord at the Navi Mumbai temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara.