Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday decided to perform the 'Maha Sudarshana Yagam' at Yadadri. He met seer Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swami at the latter's ashram on the outskirts of Hyderabad to discuss the arrangements for the mega rituals.
The decision to conduct the yagam was taken at a time when the development works of Sri Lakshminarasimha temple at Yadadri are in the final stage.
According to a statement from the Chief Minister's office on Tuesday night, the maha yagam will be conducted with 1,048 yagna kunda (fire altars) over 100 acre area. As many as 3,000 'ruthviks' will perform the rituals and they will be assisted by an equal number of priests.
The statement did not mention the date on which the yagam will be held. It was decided to invite Vaishnavite seers from around the country and also the pontiffs from Badrinath, Srirangam, Jagannath and Tirupati.
Similarly, it was decided to invite central leaders, Chief Ministers of all states, Governors, ministers and religious leaders of all sects.
The Chief Minister and the seer discussed arrangements for the event which will be attended by several lakh devotees.
Known for his strong religious beliefs, KCR has organised many yagams during last five years, despite coming under heavy criticism.
His latest one was a massive five-day 'Maha Rudra Sahitha Sahasra Chandi Yagam' held in January this year at his farmhouse in Siddipet district.
Ahead of the Legislative Assembly elections in December last year, KCR performed two homams at his farmhouse. KCR and his family performed the Raja Shyamala Chandi Homam, and Chandi Sahitha Rudra Homam for the 'welfare of the people' with over 100 priests participating in the event. No mediapersons were allowed at the venue.
In 2015, he performed a Rs 15 crore â€˜Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagnam,â€™ due to Telanganaâ€™s drought and scanty rainfall, even as the state was plagued by farmer suicides.