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TTD extends Rs 300 ticket quota up to 90 days


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


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


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


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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Amid Covid resurgence, TTD reduces darshan tokens


In view of the resurgence of coronavirus cases across the country, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), custodian of the Tirupati Lord Venkateswara Temple, has reduced the issuance of darshan tokens to 15,000 per day from the present 22,000.

“TTD has decided to reduce the sarva darshan tokens tokens to 15,000 per day from the present 22,000. We are also mulling to reduce the number of online special darshan tickets (Rs 300) depending on the Covid pandemic situation,” said TTD Additional Executive Officer A. V. Dharma Reddy.

He has issued this advisory to devotees in view of their health security and also appealed to them to adhere to the Covid protocols and cooperate with the TTD in the best interests of all.

“Devotees should wear masks compulsorily at vaikuntam queue complex, srivari temple, anna prasadam bhavan, kalyana katta and at all crowded gatherings in Tirumala,” said Reddy.

He added that thermal screening machines have been installed at anna prasadam centres, room allocation counters and also at several other places.

TTD has decided to allow only two persons for each room at Tirumala and all the arriving devotees are required to bring their own masks and hand sanitisers.

“Devotees will be allowed at Alipiri check point only by 1 p.m. for their next day darshan and those who are trekking Alipiri and Srivarimettu only at 9 a.m. for their darshan slot in the next day,” said Reddy.

Similarly, devotees will be allowed into the vaikuntam queue complex only half an hour before their allotted darshan time.

The temple management has decided to sanitise all the vehicles entering through Alipiri toll gates while devotees suffering from fever, cold and cough are advised not to visit Tirumala.

The Additional Executive Officer has also asked the devotees directly coming from other states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra to take note of the reduction in sarva darshan tokens.

Likewise, TTD is also reviewing its earlier decision of reviving the arijitha sevas from April 14 as the pandemic is resurging.

All TTD departments’ chiefs were instructed to review the pandemic situation and then take up precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, Reddy dismissed the propaganda being carried out on TTD on the social media alleging tonsured hair smuggling, which he called as “untrue and baseless”.

“TTD had established a perfect system in storage, processing, handling and transport of tonsured hair of devoteesathere was no room for any misuse or pilferage or malpractices,” he said.

“TTD has nothing to do with that once it has sold the product to the bidder,” he said, condemning the social media propaganda over seizure of 120 bags of tonsured hair at Mizoram a” Myanmar border by Assam Rifles recently.

According to Reddy, the temple management is in touch with Assam Rifles and Mizoram police who are still probing the roots of the alleged hair stock smuggling and yet to pinpoint any location.

“Media should note that hair tonsuring is undertaken at scores of temples across India and the alleged hair bags could have come from anywhere and devotees should not to fall prey to such false news against TTD,” he added.

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57 school students test Covid positive at Tirumala


At least 57 students of a TTD-run vedic school at Tirumala have tested positive for the coronavirus.

“TTD management has shifted the students immediately to SVIMS (Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences) super specialty hospital at Tirupati for better treatment,” said a Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) official on Wednesday.

However, the students were mandated to carry along with them the Covid negative test report, after the resumption of the classes.

The vedic school run by the TTD reopened for classes post Covid lockdown when all the students returned with their Covid negative reports.

However, on conducting another rapid test on Tuesday, 57 of the students tested positive for Covid.

Following the development, TTD again conducted RTPCR tests on the remianing 378 students, whose reports are awaited, even as they did not exhibit any coronavirus symptoms and all of them were healthy.

Besides, 10 faculty members of the vedic school also tested for the virus.

“TTD is taking all care for its students providing the best medicare,” the official added.

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TTD approves Rs 2,937 crore budget


The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of richest temple at Tirumala, has approved Rs 2,937 crore budget for 2021-22.

The TTD board, which met under the chairmanship of Y V Subba Reddy late Saturday, approved the budget.

The budget for the next financial year is 10 per cent higher than the revised estimates for 2020-21.

The temple body estimated the income from hundi and other capital receipts in 2020-21 at Rs.1,131 crore, against Rs 731 during the current year. It also expects Rs 100 as monetization fund for unviable properties and vacant cottages under cottage donations scheme.

The interest receipts are estimated at Rs 533 crore while earning from prasadams expected to be Rs 375 crore. The receipts from darshanam are estimated at Rs 210 crore and from Kalyanatakka at Rs 131 crore.

The board also decided to construct either Srivari temple or Bhajana Mandiram or Amenities Complex in Ayodhya, if the Ayodhya Ram Mandir Nirman Trust comes forward to allot land to TTD.

TTD also announced that Bhumi pujas will be performed soon for construction of Srivari temples at Mumbai and Jammu. It had also given nod to declare cow as national animal and will recommend the same to the Centre

Following the medical advice, it decided to provide Covid vaccination to all TTD employees.

The board decided to resume arjitha sevas in Tirumala temple from April 14. TTD will allow devotees physical presence for advance booked arjita sevas. Devotees with arjita Seva tickets should observe all Covid guidelines and also procure Covid test three days ahead of their Tirumala visit.

The TTD board approved a proposal of Sri Padmavati temple of Tiruchanoor to launch Tulabhara seva on the lines of Srivari Temple, Tirumala.

It also decided to frame certain guidelines for taking over temples by TTD. It will provide financial assistance to taken over temples from Srivani Trust. The board has also taken a decision to frame uniform guidelines for leasing and construction of TTD Kalyana Mandapams. An integrated system will be formulated to reduce losses in operating Kalyana Mandapams.

The board endorsed a proposal to name all the six Veda Pathashalas run by TTD henceforth as Sri Venkateswara Veda Vijnana Peetham and hike the remuneration of Vedic teachers at all Pathashalas from existing Rs 22,000 to Rs 35,150

It also approved proposals for increasing the capacity storage of ghee used in the preparation of TTD Prasadam and Anna Prasadam from 82.4 tonnes to 180.4 metric tonnes thereby enhancing the storage period from 6-14 days.

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High Court asks TTD to submit details of Sri Vari assets


The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has ordered the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) to submit details of all the Sri Vari assets all over. The court gave this instruction after hearing the arguments made by a petitioner’s lawyer seeking an order to stall sale of all sorts of assets of the TTD. The petitioner sought the court’s intervention to protest the properties of the TTD in the State and in other places in the country.

The High Court has also asked for details of the report submitted by the Committee led by Retired Supreme Court Judge that made recommendations for the protection of the TTD properties. The petitioner’s lawyer has said that there was a need for saving the TTD properties from sale. And, the list of all the properties held by the TTD should be placed in the public domain.

The TTD lawyer told the court that already, the details of properties were placed before the public. Then, the court has asked for submitting those details to it.

The petitioner complained to the court that the TTD has no right to sell the movable and immovable properties of Sri Varu since the devotees had made those donations out of sentiment.

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BJP-RSS bent on shifting TTD into private hands?


On February 7 this year, a BJP-RSS meeting was held at New Delhi India International Centre. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, over 30 BJP and other 30 leaders held day long discussions on the world’s second largest temple TTD – ‘Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams’. This programme was chaired by RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Congress former MP Chinta Mohan is alleging that the BJP-RSS are planning to transfer the TTD into private hands. Right now, the TTD is operating like a trust. The Centre is planning to transfer the multi-crore TTD’s ownership to the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha or a conglomerate of the peethadhipathis of different mutts.
There are 16,000 employees in the TTD now. Administration is run by IAS, IPS officers guided by TTD Trust board and also agama sastra pandits. Many hospitals, colleges, the SVBC channel and many endowments are there under the TTD.

Mr. Chinta Mohan, who was a long time MP of Tirupati, has said that the Delhi leaders were bent on privatising the assets in AP by taking advantage of the weaknesses of the ruling YCP. The privatisation of the Vizag Steel Plant was also part of this master plan.

TTD has got Rs. 10,000 Cr deposits, hundreds crores worth gold jewellery and property worth several lakhs of crores. If the BJP-RSS has any such plans, it is going to trigger a major stir in the State.

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TTD Chairman urges Union Minister to upgrade Vedic Varsity


Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Chairman Y. V. Subba Reddy has appealed to the Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ to upgrade SV Vedic University as a central varsity.

In his representation to Pokhriyal, Reddy said on Wednesday that the Vedic Varsity established in 2006 was recognised by the UGC as a state university under 2F category.

Besides establishing the varsity with the noble ambition of propagating vedic studies for posterity, TTD has also set up vedic pathashalas (schools).

It provides financial assistance to over 80 such vedic schools across the country.

Considering the yeoman services TTD has been rendering over the past 14 years, Reddy requested the Minister to accord 12 B recognition to the varsity to upgrade it into a central university, on the lines of the status given to three other Sanskrit universities in the country.

He said the university is offering degree and doctoral courses in various segments of vedic sciences.

“The AP government will provide all support for promotion and propagation of Vedas through TTD,” said Reddy.

Likewise, he also requested the minister to raise TTD’s quota of seats in Sri Venkateshwara College in Delhi.

He asked for raising the seats in Telugu, Tamil and Sanskrit courses in the Delhi college managed by TTD, whose foundation was laid by former vice president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan back in 1961.

Reddy highlighted that the quota request has been pending since 2016.

Meanwhile, the TTD Chairman issued a stern warning to a fake website promising to deliver Tirupati temple’s laddu prasadam (consecrated sweet) anywhere in the country unauthorisedly.

A fake website on balajiprasadam was launched on Monday and its illegal service of delivering laddus went viral on social media.

TTD filed a case and also referred this matter to its IT department for action.

The fake website has been taken down and the people who made it apologized for the blunder.

“We made a genuine effort. We also mentioned on the website that the laddus will be purchased from the TTD outlet. Considering the circumstances, we have discontinued the website which was launched on 7th December 2020,” a message on the website claimed.

The creators of the website apologized saying, “We apologise to anyone whose feelings have been hurt. We only wanted to assist people who are unable to travel especially during these difficult times. It was not our intention to cause any hurt to anyone. We are sorry.”

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Where’s white paper on TTD assets? HC asks AP Govt


The High Court of Andhra Pradesh heard arguments on a petition regarding mismanagement of the assets of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). The petitioner’s lawyer complained that there was no transparency in the maintenance and management of movable and immovable properties of the TTD.

The court took notice of the petitioner and asked the AP Government’s advocate as to why it had not provided the white paper on the TTD assets till now. The issue of white paper came up during an earlier hearing. The court asked the Government what had caused the delay in providing details of the assets.

The High Court made it clear to the Government that it was important to put facts on the TTD assets before the public. It was necessary to let the general public, devotees and the donors know about assets of the TTD.

The petitioner told the court that the TTD was not consulting the endowments department on issues regarding the management of the TTD assets. As there was no transparency, the SriVari properties were in danger of falling into the hands of private persons. Nobody has a right to tamper with the TTD properties as they were donated by the devotees who have faith in the God.

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Balaji devotee complains on porn link in SVBC


The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has decided to take serious action against five employees over porn link allegations. A devotee of Balaji has complained that a porn video started playing in place of the Satamanbhavati program video on the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel. The TTD and the SVBC officials have immediately launched a probe into the issue.

It was proved that one employee entered the porn link by mistake. Very unfortunately, the indecent video was played on the channel. The TTD further found out that some of the SVBC employees are watching the porn websites during their office hours. It was identified that over 25 staff were indulging in this objectionable behavior.

The issue took a serious turn as the complainant devotee sent his complaint to the email address of TTD Executive Officer. The EO immediately ordered a high-level probe. The TTD was stunned at the latest incident as such an issue relating to indecent matters never came up in recent times. The devotees are demanding serious action against the guilty employees.

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‘Pink Diamond’ case withdrawn against Vijayasai, Deekshitulu


The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has been taking controversial decisions ever since Jawahar Reddy became its Executive Officer. First, they decided to put Sri Vari funds into State Government securities. Now, the Board has withdrawn the high profile ‘Pink Diamond’ case from the court. In this case, YCP MP VijayaSai Reddy and TTD former chief priest Ramana Deekshitulu were accused of misleading the devotees.

The BJP promptly objected to the withdrawal of the Pink Diamond case. Its Tirupati leader Bhanu Prakash Reddy accused the Jagan Reddy Government of favouring Vijay Sai Reddy and Ramana Deekshitulu by withdrawing the defamation case. When they were in the Opposition, these two persons raised doubts against Chandrababu Naidu on the disappearance of the Pink Diamond. But now, they were keeping silent without uttering a single word.

Over Rs. 2 Cr had been already spent on the Pink Diamond case by the TTD towards court expenses. The BJP is demanding the YCP leaders and Ramana Deekshitulu to deposit all this money from their personal funds into the Tirumala hundi. They should be made accountable for creating a needless controversy in the God’s abode.

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TTD chairman Subba Reddy, EO get notices


In yet again, the TTD Board has caught itself in a legal wrangle.

Notices have been sent to TTD Board chairman Y V Subba Reddy and newly appointed executive officer K S Jawahar Reddy over the TTD Board’s proposed move to park the devotees cash donations in government securities, stocks and debentures.

A legal notice was sent to Y V Subba Reddy and Jawahar Reddy by BJP leader Banu Prakash Reddy through his counsel. In his notice, he appealed to the Andhra Pradesh High Court to prevail upon the TTD Board to immediately withdraw its proposed move to convert the Sri Vari cash donations into government securities, stocks or debentures.

Meanwhile, TDP former minister Amarnath Reddy warned the TTD Board of state-wide agitation if the board were to touch even a single rupee donated to Sri Venkateswara Swamy. He stated that the cash donations of the devotees have to be spent only for the purpose it was meant for.

“Both the babai Y S Subbareddy and his abbai (nephew) Jagan Mohan Reddy have been systemically defaming the Tirumala and efforts are being made to destroy the age old traditions and practices followed in Tirumala. This government is hurting the sentiments of crores of Hindus across the country . This will not be tolerated ,” he stated.

Earlier, Y V Subba Reddy who is the maternal uncle of Chief Minsiter Jagan Mohan Reddy, was caught in the wrong foot when the TTD Board had decided to auction 23 immovable properties, including house sites and agriculture land, at different places in Tamil Nadu. The total upset value (bidding value) of the 23 properties has been fixed at a little over Rs 1.54 crore.

The TTD chairman later was put on the backfoot. Amid stiff opposition from the BJP, the TDP, even the Communist parties the TTD retracted from its proposed move. Buckling under pressure from the opposition parties, the Andhra Pradesh government had asked the TTD to suspend its move to sell Sri Vari assets.

The government had directed the TTD to take a fresh decision on auctioning the properties in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand after consulting devotees and religious heads among others.

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Line clear for flow of TTD funds into Jagan Govt hands


A fresh controversy erupted in the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams on the issue of putting Srivari funds into the AP Government securities. Till now, the TTD deposits are only in the scheduled banks though it gets a lower interest rate of about 5 per cent. Recently, the TTD finance wing came out with a proposal for putting the TTD funds in Central Government securities as it would fetch nearly 7 per cent interest.

Now, the TTD Board has included the clause to allow deposit of these funds in Central and State Government securities. Critics say that this is part of the conspiracy to allow the Jaganmohan Reddy regime to lay its hands on the Srivari funds. If the State Government does not pay the interest and does not pay back the deposits, the TTD would be able to do nothing in future. After all, the TTD Chairman is at the mercy of the State Government.

Alarmingly, the TTD Board has passed a resolution on August 28 itself to allow its funds to flow into the hands of the AP Government. It was kept a closely guarded secret. Analysts say TTD Chairman SV Subba Reddy is making calculated moves to favour the Jagan Government. In December, lots of TTD deposits would mature in different banks. The stage is being set to transfer all these funds into AP Government securities. This will help CM Jagan to use the funds at his whims and fancies.

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TTD’s Seven Hills turned into Seven Reddys: RRR


YCP rebel MP Raghu Rama Raju made mocking comments on the conversion allegations under the Jaganmohan Reddy Government in Andhra Pradesh. Conversion here means not the usual religious method but converting everything into a caste stronghold. Now, Rajugaru says that CM Jagan has converted TTD Tirumala shrine into a fortress for his own caste. The Seven Hills has been converted into Seven Reddys. Obviously, Chairman SV Subba Reddy stands at the top followed by the newly appointed Executive Officer Jawahar Reddy. Joint Executive Officer Dharma Reddy is already there.

Besides, many other Reddys are there on the TTD Board. Controversial MLA Chevireddy Bhasker Reddy was an ex officio member. So, the conversion is literally complete. The riches of the TTD were behind this game plan. Anil Kumar Singhal did not agree reportedly for buying AP Government bonds with TTD funds. A truly religious, god-fearing man that Singhal is. He decided to lose the post rather than incur the wrath of God.

Now, RRR says that YCP and Jagan Reddy batch were scared of CBI court hearings. This is why they are doing misinformation campaigns against him. Mr. Raju threatened to file defamation cases against Sakshi media. Three key persons in YCP are sure to go to jail in Jagathi CBI case.

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TTD top most EO post goes to another Reddy, finally

Despite criticism along caste lines, the Jaganmohan Reddy regime is going ahead with its decisions. Recently, Anil Kumar Singhal was transferred out of the Executive Officer post of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). Now, in his place, senior IAS Officer K.S. Jawahar Reddy was appointed as the new EO. He is presently serving as the Principal Secretary of Medical and Health.

Almost all the top most posts are now filled with Reddys in TTD. Board Chairman is SV Subba Reddy, who is former MP and close relative of Jagan Reddy. Additional EO is AV Dharma Reddy, who is a central defence accounts services officer. Now, Jawahar Reddy became the EO.

Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney has released the new appointment orders of Jawahar Reddy. It is now being said that Jawahar Reddy was being rewarded for rendering good services during the initial stages of the Coronavirus epidemic.

All key Ministries in the Jagan Reddy Cabinet were given to Reddys only. Finance Minister is Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, Panchayat Raj and Mines Minister is Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and so on.

Three Reddys – SV Subba Reddy, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy and Vijay Sai Reddy – were given total control of the three regions in the States. Whereas, the five Deputy Chief Ministers belonging to backward and weaker sections do figure much in the key decision making.

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New building for SVBC channel to cost over Rs 20 crore


Caught in the midst of controversy over not telecasting the Ram temple’s ‘bhoomi pujan’ event live from Ayodhya, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which governs the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala, has decided to modernize Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC).

On Monday, deputy chief minister K Narayanaswamy and TTD board chairman Y V Subba Reddy inaugurated new building for the SVBC channel at Alipiri. Built at a cost of Rs 20.45 crore, the TTD said the modernization and expansion of the SVBC channel were aimed at spreading the message of ‘Hindu Sanatana Dharma’ across the country. The construction of the new building comes in the wake of sharp criticism from the BJP and the TDP after the TTD had failed to telecast the Ram temple’s ‘bhoomi pujan’ event live from Ayodhya.

Y V Subba Reddy is the maternal uncle of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. The Chief Minister is Christian and frequent concerns have been voiced of late about growing proselytization in the state.

The SVBC was established with the express purpose of promoting Hindu thoughts and philosophy, Subba Reddy said on Monday. He stated that the new building for the SVBC channel will house two studios and teleport facility with adequate infrastructure to have four channels, including Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi to telecast Tirmuala ‘bhakti’ programmes. Subba Reddy said currently Kannada and Hindi channels are at a pre-launch stage and that the TTD will soon launch HD channel shortly.

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Belligerent Jagan enters Tirumala abode without signing declaration form


Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, known for his belligerent attitude and defiant nature, has entered the Tirumala shrine without signing the mandatory declaration form as demanded by the Opposition parties, mainly the BJP and TDP.

Despite protests, the Chief Minister entered the abode of Lord Venkateswara Swamy on Wednesday to present ‘Pattu Vastrams’ on the behalf of the state government. Jagan was seen wearing traditional silk ‘pancha’ and green colour ‘kanduva’ with the namam (insignia) applied to his forehead. After presenting the ‘Pattu Vastrams’ to Lord Venkateswara Swamy, he headed to Vakulamata for ‘darshan’. Later, he will take part in ‘Garuda Seva’.

The Chief Minister offered a set of new silk cloths on the occasion of the ongoing nine day Brahmotsavam festival, that began on September 19. He carried the cloths kept on a silver plate on his head and handed it over to the priests and officials of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. He offered prayers to the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara.

Opposition parties have demanded that the Chief Minister should respect the age-old practice of non-Hindus signing the declaration form before entering the Tirumala shrine. As per the TTD general rules, the Rule No 136 clearly states that only Hindus are allowed for darshan. Non-Hindus who wish to have darshan of Lord Venkateswara Swamy have to disclose their faith and give a declaration form to the TTD. As per conventions, since the Chief Minister is a converted Christian, he is bound by the TTD regulations to sign the declaration form. However, the Chief Minister was in no mood to respect the age-old Hindu traditions and practices.

Earlier in the day, several BJP and TDP leaders were kept under house arrest as a preemptive measure to thwart any trouble at Tirumala. The BJP and TDP leaders demanded that Jagan Mohan Reddy sign a declaration form. They demanded that the Chief Minister be allowed to enter the Tirumala shrine only after submitting the declaration form. A posse of police personnel was deployed outside the residence of former TDP MLA Sugunamma. Angry TDP leaders protested the police action to keep Sugunamma under house arrest. Further, the TDP leaders demanded that the government follow the age-old tradition laid down during the British regime to declare one’s faith before entering the Tirumala shrine. They wondered why Jagan visits Tirumala shrine by himself, while his entire family accompanies him when he visits Jerusalem.

TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy, who is also Jagan Mohan Reddy’s uncle, stirred a Hornet’s nest by stating that there is no need for the chief minister to sign a declaration to prove his faith in Lord Venkateswara.

While BJP and TDP leaders in Andhra Pradesh have been kept under house arrest as a preemptive measure to thwart any trouble ahead of the CM’s visit to Tirumala, tension prevailed at Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Hyderabad residence ‘Lotus Pond’ as Bajrang Dal activists staged a protest outside his residence.

They raised slogans outside the CM’s residence demanding that the Andhra Pradesh government protect temples in AP. The police arrested several Bajrang Dal activists after they entered into heated arguments with the police. The activists raised slogans minister Kodali Nani. The police beefed up security at the Lotus Pond.

In New Delhi, Jagan had requested Jal Shakti minister Shekhawat to clear Rs 4,000 crore worth pending dues to the state government as part of the Polavaram project. It is learnt that Shekhawat has promised cooperation to Jagan to complete the Polavaram project by 2021.

Jagan also met Shekawat prior to meeting Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed the irrigation projects in the state. Rajya Sabha member Vijay Sai Reddy and others accompanied Jagan when he met the Jal Shakti minister.

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No change in TTD ‘declaration’ but Jagan will not sign it?


YCP controversial Minister Kodali Nani enters the scene when it requires a no-holds-barred attack on Chandrababu Naidu, Nara Lokesh and TDP leaders. Now, he is busy all the time making such un-Hindu statements that are unheard of till now in the country’s political circles. The controversy surrounding ‘declaration’ at TTD is turning much heat on the YSRCP both in Andhra Pradesh and at the national level. Even TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy has withdrawn his comment saying that he has never talked about cancelling the ‘declaration’ rule for non-Hindus.

But, Kodali Nani is bringing back the row into the spotlight saying that the rule may be there but a devotee should not be asked to sign the declaration considering his personal feelings. Indirectly referring to CM Jagan Reddy’s forthcoming visit, Nani asked whether it will not hurt the personal sentiments of a devotee when he is asked to sign a declaration before entry into the temple. The Minister’s continuing statements indicated the YSRCP’s preparedness to face any political consequences arising out of such sensitive religious issues.

As the whole Hindu society began demanding CM Jagan to sign the declaration, YV Subba Reddy took a low profile in the face of allegations of un-Hindu activities against him. Hence, Kodali Nani took charge of sending YSRCP’s message strongly. He once again asked where is the need for asking a devotee, who comes wearing ‘Sri Vari Namam’ on forehead, to sign the declaration. It is such anti-devotee activities that are driving away most of the Hindus from their religion.

Saying so, the YSRCP Minister has given enough indications that there is no question of changing the rule at TTD. But, if the Chief Minister comes to Tirumala, he will not be asked to sign the declaration.

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