SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA TEMPLE
BALAJI TEMPLE - SSDS COMPLEX, NAIROBI
The Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Temple in Nairobi was inauguarated during April 2002 with Lord Venkateswara as the main deity, with Sridevi on his right and Bhudevi on his left. The project was initiated by Mr. P.V.R. Rao and Mr. P.V.S. Rao, two prominent South Indians, who inducted fellow South Indians with varied skills to join the committee. When approached for space for construction, Sri Ashok Mediratta and Sri Prem Mahajan, who were the chairman and vice chairman of SSDS, willingly and supportively agreed to avail space for the construction of Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara Temple within the SSDS complex.
The construction was completed within a record period of 6 months. Laxmanbhai construction took an active part in the construction at cost with no profits and Harbhajan Singh associates availed the architectural and structural sefvices totally free of charge. The government of Kenya provided VAT exemption for the period of counstruction, which substantially reduced the cost of construction. The temple is part of SSDS network and both committees work together for the welfare of devotees in the complex. The South Indian community will always be remembered the co-operation and assistance provided by Mediratta family and Mahajan family for their kind gesture in availing the space.
The temple offers various SEVAS to the lord on behalf of the devotees. Annual events include SRIVARI PUSHPAYAGAM (offering floral tributes to the Lord with 108,000 flowers) during April/May, which also marks the temples anniversary. SRIVARI BRAHMOTSAVAN is celebrated during Dusshera to coincide with the event organised at Tirumala, India.