Aramana coming up at Dodda Gubbi Village
BANGALORE : The new Bangalore Diocese will soon have a roof over its head. It has set things rolling towards finding a prime location to build the Diocesan palace.
On September 16, 2010, Diocesan General body decided to set up the Aramana in Bangalore City limits for the new Metropolitan of Bangalore. Due to the magnanimous offer of St Thomas Orthodox Church, Bangalore East, which donated the property, the Aramana will now come up at Dodda Gubbi Village, Bidarahalli Hobli of Bangalore East Taluk. With real estate rates reaching sky high, it was a truly altruistic effort by the parish members to donate prime property towards setting up the Aramana at a central location worth Rs 2.25 crore.
Earlier, the General Body meeting of the St Thomas Orthodox Church, Bangalore East held on September 12 had decided to extend help from the parish towards providing an accommodation and office for the Diocesan Metropolitan.
The meeting unanimously decided to offer the immovalbe property bearing Survey No No 23-1A, HL No. 244-1 at Dodda Gubbi Village to Bangalore diocese. It was registered as Sale Deed as per Document No 742/2003-2004 dated 17/4/2003 and stored in CD No 82 in the name of His Holiness Catholicose of the East, Supreme Head of The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala.
At the Diocesan General body meeting on September 16, efforts taken by Vicar Fr Mani K Varghese, St Thomas Orthodox Church, Bangalore East and the parish members, came in for high appreciation, which the Metropolitan reciprocated by thanking and presenting a bouquet on the occasion.
The Vicar handed over the minutes of the meeting to the Metropolitan Mar Seraphim.
The Dodda Gubbi plot measures an area of 22,000 square feet and presently has furnished buildings measuring about 4,400 square feet built up area and a chapel of about 1,500 square feet. The cost of land, building and chapel is estimated at around Rs 2.25 crore. The area is presently located within Bangalore city limits and surrounded by many various Christian institutions.