Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy, on 8 January, laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of nine temples at Seethamma Paadalu on the banks of Krishna river that were demolished by the previous TDP government.

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for eight other development works worth Rs. 77 crores in Kanakadurga temple. He unveiled two separate plaques at the construction site of the Shaneeswara Swamy temple.

Later, he visited Kanakadurga Temple atop Indrakeeladri. Temple priests blessed the Chief Minister with vedic hyms and presented a memento, a photograph of the presiding deity Goddess Kanaka Durga, and prasadam.

Jagan also released the endowments department calendar depicting all the important state temples and the calendar of Sri Durga Malleshwara Swamy Varla Devasthanam.

Andhra Pradesh saw a slew of temple attacks in 2020. In December, unidentified miscreants had stormed Sri Kodanda Ramaswamy temple in Nellimerla in Vizianagaram district and beheaded the 400-year-old idol of Lord Rama. The severed idol head was found in a lake at Ramateertham village the next day.

Meanwhile, on 3 January the state government had removed TDP leader Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju from the post of chairman of three temples for failing to discharge his duties in temple administration.

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