Venkateswara temple opens in Northeast Ohio

Idol of Lord Balaji
Idol of Lord Balaji

CLEVELAND, Ohio: Sree Venkateswara Temple of Cleveland in Richfield Village, Ohio, was set open on a seven-acre plot with elaborate seven-day celebrations starting May 22.

Besides Lord Venkateswara (Balaji) as main deity; its Sanctum Hall will also include the deities of Vighneswara (Ganesha), Sreedevi (Lakshmi), Bhudevi (Andal), Garuda and Anjaneya (Hanuman). Other Temple features include community hall, classrooms, kitchen, etc. Besides worship, Temple will also hold special events.

It took about seven years of efforts to realize this Temple. Earlier, the area devotees either gathered at homes or traveled as far as Pittsburgh (about 120 miles) for worship services. Dr. T. Ramakrishna Bandi, Lakshminarayanan Venkataraman, Ramakant Rambhatla and Sarala Venna are Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Temple Board.

Ancient Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple in Tirumala Tirupati (India) is the most well-known of Venkateswara temples in the world.

Bobbie Beshara and Rick Hudak are Mayor and Council President respectively of Village of Richfield, founded in 1809, which wants to maintain its rural character.

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