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TTD Board appointments indicate Jagan-KCR ‘understanding’!

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The appointments made by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to the TTD Board (Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam) Board on Monday triggered political speculations that there is an ‘understanding’ between Jagan, Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao and his son K.T.Rama Rao.

This is because Jagan appointed five persons to TTD Board which were recommended by KCR and KTR.

In fact, speculations are rife that Jagan has even agreed to accommodate one more woman recommended by KTR as a ‘special invitee’ on TTD Board and orders are awaited anytime.

Jagan appointed MSN Laboratories vice president Jeevan Reddy as a member of TTD Board. Jeevan Reddy is the brother of TRS Mahabubnagar MP Manne Srinivas Reddy.

Jagan continued Jupally Rameshwar Rao of My Home Group, B Parthasaradhi Reddy of Hetero Group and TRS leader from Siddipet Mooramsetti Ramulu as members in the new TTD Board. All these are close aides of KCR.

TRS Koratla MLA Kalvakuntla Vidyasagar Rao was also appointed to TTD Board. He is a relative of KCR.

Contrary to speculations that Jagan will not consider recommendations of KCR in the wake of the ongoing Krishna water dispute between both the states, Jagan accommodated all recommended by KCR and KTR in the new TTD Board.

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TTD launches incense sticks made of flowers in Andhra temples

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) on Monday introduced incense sticks produced from the floral offerings made to deities at the shrines under its control in Andhra Pradesh. TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy launched the sale of these incense sticks at the SV Gosala.

The floral-based incense sticks have been introduced in seven variants under seven brands to denote the seven hills of Tirumala, that form the abode of Lord Venkateswara. The seven brands are Abhayahasta, Tandanaana, Divyapada, Aakrishti, Srishti, Thushti, and Drishti.

TTD has tied up with Bengaluru-based Darshan International to produce the incense sticks. The incense manufacturing company will provide manpower and machinery for producing the floral-based incense sticks.

“The raw material for these incense sticks are sourced from the flowers used in garlands for the worship of the deities and other decorative purposes in the TTD temples and functions,” said Subba Reddy on the occasion. These flowers are discarded the following day after they are used in temple functions.

The incense sticks are being sold at the Laddu sale counters at Tirumala. Located in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, the Tirumala Hills house the shrine of Lord Venkateswara. The temple is popularly known as the world’s richest Hindu temple.

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TTD shelves traditional meal scheme plans at Tirumala

Days after it launched a trial run of its ‘Sampradaya Bhojanam’ (traditional meal scheme), the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam has decided to scrap the initiative.

The trial run, which had begun on August 26, was due to go on till September 2.

The decision to scrap it midway has come on the back of widespread criticism that the scheme is being launched to commercialise the food served to devotees visiting the famed Hindu shrine.

TTD Board Chairman Y.V. Subba Reddy told reporters on Monday that the decision to introduce the traditional meal scheme at a nominal cost was taken by officials without approval. “That’s why we decided to scrap the project,” he contended.

Stating that TTD officials had taken up the scheme with the noble intent of promoting traditional and organic food products to devotees, Reddy said that since ‘prasad’ has to be offered free of cost, the scheme was cancelled.

The hill-top shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala attracts devotees from all over the world, and is considered to be the world’s richest Hindu temple.

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YSRCP leaders defeat the very purpose of YV Subba Reddy’s decisions

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TTD trust board chairperson YV Subba Reddy is facing a different kind of trouble. He has formulated several guidelines for darshanam of the lord. He has cancelled the L1, L2 and L3 darsaams in Tirupati. Those worthy of protocol are being given darsanam first and then those who come with recommendation letters would be given darsanam. By cancelling L1, L2, L3 darsanams, the followers of politicians, their personal staff and supporters won’t get a protocol darsanam.

However, several YSRCP ministers are misusing their power and are trying to bring their associates and followers for darshan. They are actually violating the very rules that the TDP and its new chief YV Subba Reddy has framed. They are coming with a huge contingent and are demanding special darsanams. Thus the very purpose of cancelling the L1, L2 and L3 darsanams has been defeated.

For instance, on January 1, Minister Chelluboyina Venu came with a contingent of 36 persons. Another minister Jayaram came with 55 people. One of Jagan’s deputy CMs is visiting Tirumala every week. Sources say he is visiting Tirumala only to ensure that his supporters get the right kind of darsanam. They are seeking protocol darsanam for their followers.

Due to this, the very purpose of reducing VIP protocol darsanams is getting defeated. YV is said to have been exasperated with this kind of demands being placed by the VIPs. He is said to have thrown up his hands in disgust and helplessness.

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Subba Reddy appointed TTD Chairman for 2nd term

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The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday appointed former MP and YSRCP leader Y.V. Subba Reddy as the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board Chairman for a second term.

Subba Reddy was first appointed as the TTD Board Chairman in June 2019 and his term had recently ended.

TTD governs the shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala near Tirupati.

Ending speculations that a new Chairman will succeed Subba Reddy, the YSRCP government on Sunday released an order appointing him as the TTD Head for another term.

The Revenue department issued the government order (GO) reconstituting the TTD Board. The other members would be appointed shortly, says the GO issued by Principal Secretary G. Vani Mohan.

Subba Reddy is a senior leader in the ruling YSRCP and also the maternal uncle of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

A former MP from Ongole, Subba Reddy was denied a ticket in the 2019 elections. The seat was instead offered to Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy. However, Subba Reddy was appointed the TTD Chairman on June 21, 2019.

Following his appointment, a controversy had erupted after some reports claimed that he was a Christian. Subba Reddy, however, had rubbished the claims. “I was born a Hindu and I will die a Hindu. These allegations and smear campaigns against me hurt me deeply,” he said.

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TTD recites Sri Rama Mula Mantram 30 lakh times

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Saturday culminated the month-long Yuddakanda Parayanam, which also included reciting Sri Rama Mula Mantram 30 lakh times.

“During these 30 days, the ritwiks recited Sri Sita Rama Lakshmana Anjaneya Swamy Mantram for three million times,” said a temple official.

As part of the concluding ceremony at Dharmagiri Veda Vignana Peetham, purnahuti was performed with religious fervor.

“As part of this celestial fete, Vastu Homam, Chatusasti Yogini Mandapam, Kshetrapalaka Mandapam, Navagraha Mandalam, Sri Rama Dasavarana Yantra Puja, Sodasa Ramalingato Bhadra Mandala Puja, Rama Chaturayana Kalasa Puja, Mantra Pushpam and Darbar Seva were performed,” said the TTD official.

The ceremony began with Bhagavat Prarthana, Viswaksena Aradhana, Punyahavachanam, Agni Pranayanam, Mula Mantra Homam, Shloka Homam, Mandapa Devata Homam, Anga Homam and Poustika Homam.

Shanti Homam, Jayati Homam, Kumbharadhana, Archana, Nivedana and Neerajanam were also performed, followed by Visesha Abhishekam with 16 Kalasas to Anjanesya Swamy.

“At Vasanta Mandapam, on the last day of Yuddhakanda, 288 Shlokas apart from 100 Shlokas from Yogavasisthyam were recited and the entire event took part under the supervision of Dharmagiri Veda Peetham Principal K.S.S. Avadhani,” he noted.

Meanwhile, TTD additional executive officer Dharma Reddy said the temple body has been doing a series of programmes to ward off the ill effects of Coronavirus pandemic.

“Yuddhakanda Parayana is also one such spiritual programme taken up seeing divine intervention to save the world from the pandemic,” said Reddy.

From Saturday to July 16, Shrota Yagam will be performed and from July 24 onwards, episodes of Ramayana will be recited for the wellbeing of humanity at Vasanta Mandapam.

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TTDP president Ramana sends resignation letter to Naidu

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A day after meeting TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan, TTDP president L Ramana submitted his resignation letter to TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu.

Ramana sent his letter to Naidu on Friday tendering resignation to TTDP post and the party and also informing him about his decision to join TRS.

Ramana ended his resignation letter in just three sentences in which he said due to changing political equations in Telangana and with a view to becoming a part of the development of Telangana by working closely with people, he has decided to join TRS.

Ramana thanked Naidu for helping him to grow politically during the last 30 years.

He is expected to join TRS in the presence of KCR at Pragathi Bhavan in three or four days.

KCR reportedly assured him of a good political future in TRS.

KCR told Ramana that though there are several BC leaders in TRS, there is no state-level leader from Padmashali community and that void will be filled in TRS with the joining of Ramana.

KCR wants to field Ramana against Etela Rajender in the upcoming Huzurabad bypoll.

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Fake news by select media houses confusing devotees: TTD

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), custodian of the globally renowned Lord Venkateswara temple, on Saturday condemned a section of media houses for publishing fake news of the temple body and creating confusion among devotees.

“A section of media tried to create confusion among devotees,” said a TTD official and termed those media reports as void of facts.

He clarified and asserted that TTD did not cease any free services in Tirumala and brought more details.

According to the temple body, there were 176 counters in Tirumala prior to March 2020, issuing laddus (consecrated sweet), darshan (visit) tokens, SSD counters, SED counters and Alipiri toll gate counter.

“Out of which 86 were operated by Trilok, 40 by various banks, 18 laddu sevaks, and 29 by FM agencies. While Trilok withdrew its services even before March 2020, other banks also gave up as it involved cash transactions. Similar was the case with laddu sevaks,” said the official.

However, currently, only two banks are running 16 counters, which are also putting pressure on TTD that they will withdraw.

“At this juncture, to give more transparent services to devotees, TTD has called for tenders which took place in a transparent manner,” he noted.

He said KVM Info from Bengaluru quoted the lowest bid at Rs 11,402 per shift per counter against the previous value of Rs 12,345, excluding GST in both cases.

Further, TTD has reduced the number of counters from 176 to 164 as per requirement and even introduced deploying personnel on rotation basis by alternating staff once every two months, aimed at avoiding scope for misappropriation.

“When TTD is taking decisions and implementing them for the good of pilgrims, it is sad that a section of media is trying to malign the image of TTD among the devotees with their negative reports,” he highlighted.

Similarly, he alleged that some people with ulterior motives are attempting to play games with the sentiments of devotees and called it unethical.

On Friday, former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo Nara Chandrababu Naidu shared a Telugu daily’s report and alleged that the sacredness of TTD is being compromised by handing over charge of various works to private firms, sidelining those who used to offer free services earlier.

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TTD being compromised by private firms’ involvement: TDP

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Telugu Desam Party President N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday alleged that the holiness of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is being compromised by handing over charge of various works to private firms, sidelining those who used to offer free services earlier.

“Earlier, the generosity of national banks, NGOs and service organisations used to offer many free services without the requirement of the TTD spending a single penny,” he said.

Noting that a huge number of people used to volunteer in these services and visit the deity for free, Naidu claimed that volunteers and donors have been sidelined now to bring in private companies which are scanning tickets.

Criticising this decision, he asked: “What is the need to involve business practices in a holy shrine? If this is not for commission, then why will they replace free service to pay others.”

TTD Executive Officer, K.S. Jawahar Reddy, recently took oath as the Chairman of specified authority, and Additional EO, A.V. Dharma Reddy, as Convener of specified authority.

The Andhra Pradesh government set up the specified authority for the TTD following the expiry of the tenure of TTD’s Board of Trustees.

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Why are TTD institutions ignoring Yoga?

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The TTD’s failure to hold a Yoga event on International Yoga Day has come in for severe criticism from Yoga lovers and various yoga associations. Even the Central government reportedly made enquiries as to why no Yoga event was organized this time. None of the educational institutions belonging to the TTD have held Yoga Day celebrations. Despite Corona, most organisations have held online or token programmes this year. But, in case of TTD, even online programmes were not organised this time.

Interestingly, Yoga day was a mega affair in the TTD till two years ago. Blame it on Corona or the change of guard at the TTD, there were no celebrations this year. There are allegations that ever since YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government took over reins of power, the importance of this function has considerably come down. This is significant in view of the widespread allegations of missionary propaganda on the holy Tirumala. There are allegations that the TTD is going slow on the non-Hindu employees working in the TTD.

Earlier, TTD had a Yoga school that conducted diploma and certificate courses. The old materity hall was used for teaching yoga. Later, the yoga institute was brought under the purview of the TTD ayurvedic college. The yoga classes since then were conducted in the cellar of the college. Till 2019, international yoga day was a big affair with TTD and the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidya Peeth sponsoring the event.

There are allegations that the yoga courses are not being offered anymore. Interestingly, the covid centres run by the TTD have yoga for the positive patients. But, they too did not bother about holding the International Yoga Day.

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TTD to build temples in Mumbai, Varanasi

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to construct Lord Venkateswara temples in Mumbai and Varanasi.

TTD chairman Y.V. Subba Reddy on Saturday said about the new temples plans, while thanking the members of the trust board, TTD authorities and employees on successfully completing two years in office.

Already, TTD laid the foundation for a temple at Majhin village area in Jammu, in an endeavour to construct a temple in the Himalayas.

TTD board contemplated to build 500 temples in the past two years with the help of Samarsata Foundation and endowments department but could not execute the plans due to the pandemic.

However, the temple body aims to complete them in the next one year in Dalit localities, agency areas and fishermen colonies.

Beisdes, TTD aims to launch Kannada and Hindi SVBC spiritual television channels in 2 – 3 months.

“Srivani Trust funds to be utilised towards construction and renovation of temples in backward areas,” he said.

TTD will also be implementing pilgrim allowance to pensioners of HDPP, similar to regular retired employees of the temple body.

“A committee to be constituted to look into the eligibilities of contract and outsourcing employees working in TTD for regularization,” said the chairman.

“To weed out the ill effects of Covid-19 pandemic, TTD has taken up several spiritual programmes in the last 14 months in Nada Neerajanam platform at Tirumala by telecasting live on SVBC which boosted confidence among world devotees,” said Reddy.

Other initiatives include the removal of all unauthorised shops in Tirumala, laying the foundation stone for a pediatric hospital in Tirupati by Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and a plan to construct 13 kalyana mandapams in viable areas.

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TTD organises first Hanuman Jayanti celebration at Tirumala

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), custodian of the richest Hindu temple in the world, is celebrating Hanuman Jayanti for the first time post-Covid pandemic at Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh. TTD Executive Officer K.S. Jawahar Reddy said the five-day celebrations that began on Hanuman Jayanti on Friday will conclude on Tuesday.

The development acquires significance in the wake of the TTD’s announcement in April this year that Lord Hanuman’s birthplace is located on Anjanadri, one of the seven Tirumala hills.

The celebrations organised under Covid-19 regulations began with a special puja of the deity and his mother, Anjana Devi, at the temple constructed in Aakasha Ganga, said a TTD media statement.

The TTD manages the affairs of the Sri Venkateswara temple and its activities across the world. The TTD was recently embroiled in a controversy after its claim that the Hindu deity was born on Anjanadri, one of the Tirumala hills, was contested by the Kishkindha Trust of Karnataka.

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TTD funds for Govt German hangars for Covid patients

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The TTD has decided to release funds to the respective District Collectors to construct German hangars to give treatment to the Covid patients in the State. A decision has been taken that Rs. 3.52 Cr would be released initially for this purpose. This was in tune with the decision of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to go for German hangars.

As per the initial figures, the District Collectors have been asked to use the TTD funds to construct four hangars in Visakhapatnam district, 2 each in Prakasam and Kurnool, 3 each in Krishna, Anantapur, Guntur and Kakinada. Two more hangars would be built in other parts of the State where there would be a requirement.

The Government says that in each German hangar shed, there would be a facility to provide 30 oxygen beds. Already one such shed was built at the SV Padmavati Hospital.

There has been a big controversy over diverting the TTD funds. BJP leader Subramania Swamy has been fighting to remove the Government control over the TTD funds. As such, the TTD has decided to provide funds directly to the District Collectors so as to avoid any controversy.

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Jagan decision challenged in court: TTD chief priests

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The legal battles on the Chief Priest posts of the TTD are historic, countless and endless. Once again, the appointment of Ramana Deekshitulu is challenged in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. Another TTD Temple Chief Priest Venugopala Deekshitulu filed this petition now. As a result, the court issued notices to the Jagan Reddy Government, the TTD and also to Ramana Deekshitulu at his individual level.

Ramana Deekshitulu’s direct appointment as Chief Priest created political ripples ahead of the Tirupati by-election. His comments describing CM Jagan as an avatar of Vishnu also raised eyebrows at that time. Those comments were seen as aimed at reciprocating for the CM’s blessings.

Now, Venugopala Deekshitulu petitioned the court that Ramana Deekshitulu’s appointment would not be legal or constitutional. It was because already Venugopala Deekshitulu was already functioning as the Chief Priest from the ‘Gollapalli family’. Ramana Deekshitulu also hailed from the Gollapalli family. As such, he cannot be given this post considering that Venugopala Deekshitulu was already there in that post in their family quota.

The TTD Chief Priests posts became controversial as the eligible candidates were taking political patronage to get the posts through the backdoor.

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Lord Hanuman was born in Tirumala, claims TTD study

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) has announced that Anjanadri, one of the seven Tirumala hills, was the birth place of Lord Hanuman. As announced earlier, the TTD’s proclamation came on Wednesday, on the occasion of Ram Navami.

Announcing the findings of a four-month long study, Acharya Muralidhar Sarma, Vice Chancellor of the National Sanskrit University, said here that the study has established that the faithful aide of Lord Ram was born at the Japali Theertham or natural water spring in the Anjanadri hills, one of the 20 names by which the Venkatachalam hill is known.

Sarma said that their findings are derived from the information present in the ‘Puranic’ anthologies, literary and epigraphic evidences, and geographical references.

Sarma said that evidence was collected from 12 Puranas. Similarly, verses from Kamba’s Ramayanam and Annamacharya’s compositions provided literary evidence while epigraphic evidence was derived from the 12th and 13th century inscriptions found in the Tirumala temple, inscriptions in the Varadaraja Swamy temple at Kanchipuram, and Sawal-e-Jawab, a record of practices at Tirumala dating back to 1801-02.

For geographical validation, the committee turned to the Skanda Purana, where Sage Matanga tells Hanuman’s mother Anjani Devi that Venkatachalam is to the north of Swarnamukhi river and located at a distance of 12 yojanas from Ahobilam, in present-day Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.

Also present on the occassion were Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and TTD Executive Officer K.S. Jawahar Reddy, who had set up the committee to identify Lord Hanuman’s birth place.

The TTD committee’s findings come in the face of claims made by several states such as Karnataka, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Haryana, of being the birth place of Lord Hanuman.

“Hampi in Karnataka is not the birth place of Hanuman, as is being claimed for long. Hampi is the Kishkinda of yore while Venkatachalam is Anjanadri. Their conversation makes it amply clear when Sugreeva asks Hanuman to bring Vanaras from Anjanadri. If it was in Kishkinda, he would not have asked that way,” Sarma explained.

The TTD committee comprised Sri Venkateswara Veda Viswavidyalayam VC Acharya Sannidhanam Sudhakar Sarma; Acharya Rani Sadasiva Murthy; Acharya Janamaddi Ramakrishna; ISRO scientist Remella Murthy; Acharya Muralidhar Sarma and Andhra Pradesh archeological department deputy director Vijay Kumar.

Akella Vibheeshana Sarma, head of the TTD SV University’s Vedadhyayana project, was the convenor of the committee.

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TTD Chief Executive to head Andhra Covid command centre

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Amid rising coronavirus infections, the Andhra Pradesh government on Monday appointed Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) executive officer K.S. Jawahar Reddy as the Chairperson of Covid command and control centre.

“Reddy, Executive Officer, TTD, Tirupati, is hereby appointed as Chairperson of the state Covid command and control centre with immediate effect and to report immediately,” Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das said in an order.

As part of appropriate measures to handle the evolving Covid pandemic situation, the Andhra government has decided to appoint a Chairperson for the centre, which was revived only on Friday, with as many as 35 bureaucrats named with various responsibilities across the state.

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TTD extends Rs 300 ticket quota up to 90 days

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Monday extended the Rs 300 ticket quota to devotees for the next 90 days in case they had missed the opportunity between April 21 and 30 amid the rising Covid cases.

“As the Covid cases are increasing across the country from the past few days, TTD has taken some important decisions in view of the pilgrims’ health security,” said a TTD official.

The Temple had stopped issuing Slotted Sarva Darshan (SSD) tokens amid the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the TTD management has appealed to the devotees, suffering from fever, common cold and other health issues, to postpone their Tirumala visit.

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2nd wave forces TTD to close darshan from April 12

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has begun once again stringent restrictions atop the Seven Hills temple. It is taking extra precautionary measures on account of the rapid spread of the Coronavirus second wave. As an immediate step, the TTD has stopped the issue of Sarva Darshanam tokens for darshan from April 12. In view of the uncertainty, the TTD has not clarified when it will reissue these tokens.

The Central Government has also repeatedly been issuing cautionary warnings for utmost precautions with regard to the preventive measures. In the first wave of infections, the TTD closed the Tirumala temple for several months. That step was taken after many archakas also fell victim to the virus in addition to the devotees.

The TTD is also expected to cancel the Sri Vari arjita sevas which are to begin on April 14 as per the existing schedule. The arjita sevas were closed and they were being performed in private ever since the first wave of epidemic reached its peak last year. Now, the rising second wave threat is forcing the TTD to have second thoughts on the reopening of the sevas for the general pilgrims and devotees. These sevas included Archanantara Seva, Suprabhata Seva, Thomala Seva and the like.

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Deekshitulu wishes God’s blessings for Jagan

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Ramana Deekshitulu has become the chief priest of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) once again. He waited for over 2 years for this opportunity. At one time, he lost patience and passed some serious comments against the Jagan Reddy regime. Now, amid the Tirupati bypoll, the TTD revived his post.

As such, it is the payback season for all. Deekshitulu has immediately come before the people and began signing all praise of CM Jagan Reddy. He has wished for the God’s blessings to the Chief Minister and to protect his rule. When dharma is harmed, the God will appear among the people to set it right. The CM has made sure that dharma would be re-established in the TTD and the archakas would forever be indebted to him.

Deekshitulu further said that he prayed to the God of Seven Hills for an uninterrupted continuation of the Jagan Reddy regime for all its good deeds.

The TTD decision to bring back Ramana Deekshitulu and other archakas has undoubtedly been aimed at having a positive impact in the byelection. Rep[orts say the YCP is forced to do this in the face of the BJP making rapid inroads to split the pro-YCP vote back among the Hindus.

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TTD surprise amid bypoll on old court order

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) took a sudden decision and issued an instant order for taking back retired TTD archakas into duty. With this, CM Jagan Reddy’s admirer Ramana Deekshitulu and others are going to come back into their old positions. Ramana Deekshitulu will assume charge as the chief priest now.

Interestingly, the latest TTD decision was based on the orders of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh that were issued way back in 2018. In fact, Ramana Deekshitulu has approached and urged the Chief Minister for this decision immediately after the YCP came to power. But, his request has been kept pending for the past 2 years. Now, TTD Chairman SV Subba Reddy has come out with this sudden decision amid the Tirupati parliamentary bypoll.

Actually, the previous TDP regime implemented the retirement rules in May, 2018. At that time, chief priest Ramana Deekshitulu and others got retired as they crossed the age of 65 years. At that time, Ramana Deekshitulu and his followers have declared a open war and passed sensational comments on pink diamond to embarrass Chandrababu Naidu.

For different reasons, once again, the YCP regime took the present decision apparently to appease Ramana Deekshitulu and others. The move is being seen as an attempt by the YCP to attract the Hindu voters in the bypoll.

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