Hyderabad: Priests and staff of Chilkur Balaji temple have set an example of sorts for citizens of the State by nurturing a sapling planted by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao while launching Haritha Haram programme two years ago. The Champak or Gold Flower (Sampangi) sapling planted by the Chief Minister, has become a full fledged tree now where its leaves and flowers are being used regularly in the puja of Sri Venkateswara Swamy of the Chilkur Balaji Temple.
Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao along with his wife Shobha planted the Champak sapling on the premises of Sri Chilkur Balaji temple on July 3, 2015 while launching the Haritha Haram programme. He wanted all denizens to plant saplings in the places of worship like temples, mosques and churches as well as protect them. He also wanted people to plant saplings in residential areas, forest lands and other habitations.
Taking a cue from the Chief Minister’s suggestion, the priests and staff of the temple arranged a tree guard and nurtured it with regular watering. The sapling has grown into a tree and started yielding flowers and leaves which are now being used for Archana of Lord Venkateswara Swamy while performing puja at the sanctum sanctorum. The saplings planted by other ministers and other dignitaries on the same day, also become full grown trees turning the entire temple premises into a pleasant place spreading fresh aroma in the surroundings. The forest department officials are also helping these trees grow.
Sri Chilkur Balaji Temple’s chief priest CS Rangarajan said that it was a great feeling to use flowers and leaves in Archana from a sapling planted by the Chief Minister himself. “Since it was planted by the Chief Minister, even the devotees have a special respect to the tree which is becoming an inspiration for all. The Haritha Haram programme is a good example of God having grace on good attempts made by the humans,” he added.