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Devipuram to get a spiritual resort

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Devotional centre to have biggest Sri Chakra, says trust founder

VISAKHAPATNAM: A spiritual resort will be set up at Devipuram near Sabbavaram by the Sri Vidya Trust at a cost of Rs.10 crores. Announcing this here on Tuesday, the trust founder, Amritananda Natha Saraswati (N. Prahalada Sastry), and the Kanakamahalakshmi Ammavari Devastanam Chairman, Vankyala Sanyasi Raju, said that a unique spiritual resort with the biggest Sri Chakra would be developed.

``Devipuram, which has the Sri Chakra temple of Goddess Rajarajeswari will be known as Manidweepam -- a Maha Shakti peetham containing all the 51 shakthi peethams in the world in the form of Devi's body in an area of 2.5 lakh square feet,'' Prof. Sastry, who quit as a scientist in the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) to build the temple at Devipuram in 1983, said.

`Funds not a problem'

Claiming that he had the vision of the Devi several times, Prof. Sastry said that he was directed by the goddess to consecrate a temple at Devipuram before quitting a lucrative career in TIFR.

"With Her constant guidance, the temple work was completed in 1994,'' he said.

Funds pour in

With devotees all over the world, raising funds for the spiritual project would not be a problem. "At present, our trust has Rs.50 lakhs and we are confident of mobilising whatever is required in the next few years,'' he said.

The resort would be completed by 2010. As of now, the trust had spent Rs.2 crores to Rs.3 crores to transform Devipuram into an island of jewels called Manidweepa.

Chandi yagnas

``Once completed, the landscape becomes the physical body of Devi. It's life is Sri Chakra and its power manifests in the people who visit it,'' he said.

Prof. Sastry said that they would perform 54 Chandi yagnas and Suvasini puja from July 18 to 21.

A lecture on Sri Vidya Deeksha will be delivered on July 18 followed by a discourse on `What is Sri Chakra?' on July 19, meditation with the guruji on July 20 and poornahuti on Gurupoornima Day on July 21.

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