TTD Revises Darshan Quota in View of Increasing Covid Cases

Tirumala, 30 Mar. 21: As the second spell of Covid cases are reportedly spreading across the country, TTD has revised the darshan quota and also issued an important advisory to devotees in view of their health security. 


TTD has appealed to devotees coming for Srivari Darshan are requested to follow the guidelines and cooperate with the TTD in the best interests of all.


Briefing the same to media persons during a press conference held at Annamayya Bhavan in Tirumala on Tuesday evening the Additional EO Sri AV Dharma Reddy said-


Devotees should wear masks compulsorily at Vaikuntam queue complex, Srivari temple, Anna Prasadam Bhavan, Kalyana katta and at all crowded gatherings in Tirumala.


TTD has decided to reduce the Sarva Darshan tokens from present 22,000 to 15,000.


TTD is also mulling to reduce the number of online Special Darshan tickets (Rs.300) depending on the COVID-19 situation 


Thermal screening machines installed at Anna Prasadam centres, Room allocation counters etc.


Only two persons will be allotted in each room at Tirumala


All devotees coming to Tirumala should bring their own masks and sanitizers.


Devotees will be allowed at Alipiri Check Point only by 1pm for their next day darshan and those who are trekking Alipiri and Srivarimettu only at 9am for their darshan slot on the next day.


Devotees advised to utilise Sanitizers kept at the Vaikuntam complex and inside Srivari temple.


Devotees will be allowed to enter Vaikuntham Queue Complex only half an hour before their allotted darshan timing


Devotees to observe strict social distancing in every region of Tirumala 


All vehicles will be subject to sanitization at Alipiri tollgates, Devotees to undergo thermal scanning


Devotee with fever, cold and cough are advised to not visit Tirumala


Devotees from other states especially states of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and also Maharashtra who are directly coming for darshan should take note of the reduction in Sarva Darshan tokens issued at Tirupati


TTD is reviewing its earlier decision to revive the arjita sevas from April 14 in view of the spike in Covid cases


Directions issued to all TTD department chiefs to review Covid situation and take up precautionary measures as and when needed. 


TTD Additional EO hits back on the social media campaign on tonsured hair issues.


Responding to a query, TTD Additional EO Sri AV Dharma Reddy hit back on social media campaign over the smuggling of tonsured hair issue as baseless and untrue.


He categorically stated that TTD had established a perfect system in storage, processing, handling and transport of tonsured hair of devotees and that there was no room for any misuse or pilferage or malpractices.


He said TTD responsibility ends with handing over the tonsured hair to bidders who purchased it on e- platform.


Condemning the propaganda on social media over 120 bags of human hair which was caught at Mizoram - Myanmar border by Assam rifles, he said TTD has nothing to with that once it has sold the product to the bidder.


Adding further, the Additional EO said TTD is in touch with Assam Rifles and Mizoram police who were still probing the roots of the of hair stock smuggling and yet to pinpoint it to any location.


He said 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 appealed to devotees via media not to fall prey to such false news against TTD.


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