April 4, 2012

Tirupati Temple Board scraps VIP Darshan Categories

In a big relief for common pilgrims, who are waiting for darshan of their Lord Venkateswara, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to scrap the categories of VIP darshan tickets.

The executive board has cancelled three categories including top priority, priority and ordinary for VIP darshan. The decision comes into effect from April 4.

The meeting chaired by Kanumuri Bapiraju and executive officer LV Subramanyam at Annamaiah Bhavan on Tuesday decided not to open a separate cell for issuing passes in the state assembly.

The board also decided to stay away from the controversy of the Anantha Swarnamayam (gold plating) project after media reported that the board is planning to revive the scheme.

Meanwhile, the board also decided to rename Kalyanamastu, mass marriages programme, as Nitya Kalyanamastu. The programme will be conducted at main 11 temples including Arasavilli of Srikakulam, Dwaraka Tirumala in West Godavari, Panakala Narasimha Swamy in Guntur, Basar in Adilabad, Yadagirigutta in Nalgonda, Srisailam in Kurnool and five other temples across Andhra Pradesh.

The programme Srivari kalyanam will also be performed in 10 cities in the US from April 28 to May 26. However, no decision has been taken on depositing Srivari funds in private banks.

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