The rapid rise in COVID-19 infections across the country had its “echo” in the temple of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala as the TTD further tightened restrictions on the presiding deity’s darshan.
Regardless of the adverse impact of the restrictions on one hundred income, the TTD cut the issuance of Sarva darshan tokens from 30,000 per day to 15,000 in the last week of March, and imposed a total ban on their issuance from April 12th.
Hundreds of income, which until recently was 3 crore per day, now fluctuates at 2 crore after the restrictions have been enforced.
The TTD has already placed restrictions on pilgrims’ permission to Tirumala. Pilgrims with valid darshan stamps are allowed to enter the city alone. You can boot anytime after 1pm either the same day or the day in advance.
Likewise, those ascending the footpaths can hike either the same day or the day in advance after 9:00 a.m., depending on their needs. The initiatives were taken with the serene intention of avoiding more pilgrims gathering in the city at any given time.
Given the positive cases of exceeding 2.5 lakh per day in the country, there is speculation that TTD might impose restrictions even if it issues darshan tickets worth £ 300, which is currently around 30,000 lakh per day become.
However, it is likely that a decision will be made as to when the Darshan ticket quota for the month of May will be released soon.
TTD executive officer KS Jawahar Reddy appears determined not to repeat the mistakes made last year when the hill temple was closed to pilgrims for over 80 days when the COVID-19 first hit the country.
For this reason, Mr. Reddy, who in his capacity as then Chief Secretary for Medicine and Health had efficiently managed the spread of viruses, temporarily upheld the proposal to allow devotees to attend Arjitha sevas performed in the Hill Temple.