A temple for the Mahatma in Nalgonda

It’s a one-of-its-kind temple for Mahatma Gandhi. Its location is a nondescript town along the NH-65 (Hyderabad-Vijayawada), 75 km from Hyderabad.

Like Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Gandhi Gudi (Gandhi temple) at Peddakaparthy village in the mandal, has slowly becoming a landmark, experiencing more visitors each year. But it’s not just on Gandhi Jayanthi and Vardhanti, but round the year.

Built by the Mahatma Gandhi Charitable Trust, a Guntur-based voluntary organisation in 2014, the temple has the Father of the Nation’s autobiography Satya Sodhana leka Atmakatha (the Telugu variation of Gandhi’s My Experiments With Truth in the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum), to name a few holy scriptures.

Sitting in a yogic posture on the temple’s first floor, the Gandhi idol made in black stone, is served by two priests daily. Trainees, villagers and Gandhi lovers are regular visitors apart from highway tourists.

According to members of the trust, the temple is a sign to promote Ahimsa and serves as a one-stop centre to learn about Gandhian methods.

Integrated in nearly four-and-half acres, the temple reflects whatever about Bapu – his expressions painted on the steps, a collection of his books, unique Gandhi hymns and a dharma chakra at the entrance.

On Wednesday, celebrating his 150th birth anniversary, the temple had lots of activity when members held special prayers, and children from the village sang hymns, and likewise cut a cake.

Members of voluntary organisations also took the venue and the opportunity to commemorate Jayanthi by contributing books and clothes.

“Not only his principles, we believe Gandhi is likewise a Kaliyuga Daivam, which’s why we have decided to provide him a deity status,” the trust’s chairman M. Sripal Reddy said. A dip in the variety of mishaps on the highway stretch, and miracles in the lives of childless moms and dads blessed with children, are a couple of examples the Peddakaparthy homeowners think are Gandhi’s powers, he stated. The temple likewise includes idols of the Navagraha deities, the Pancha Bhuta lingams and a meditation hall.

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It’s a one-of-its-kind temple for Mahatma Gandhi. Like Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Gandhi Gudi (Gandhi temple) at Peddakaparthy village in the mandal, has slowly emerging as a landmark, experiencing more visitors each year. Sitting in a yogic posture on the temple’s first floor, the Gandhi idol made in black stone, is served by two priests on a day-to-day basis. You have reached your limit for totally free short articles this month. * Our Digital Subscription strategies do not presently include the e-paper or Android, iPhone, iPad mobile applications and print.