The rapid rise in coronavirus infections across the country is affecting the temple of Lord Venkateswara. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) tighten the curbs when it comes to providing darshan to pilgrims.
Reaffirming that reviewing the second wave of viral infection is paramount, the TTD reduced the issuance of Sarva Darshan tokens from 30,000 per day in the last week of March to 15,000 and imposed a total ban on the issue from April 12th 3 crore a day is now approximately £ 2 crore after the restrictions are enforced.
The TTD has already placed restrictions on pilgrims’ permission to Tirumala. Pilgrims with valid darshan tokens are allowed to travel to the mountain town alone. You can boot anytime after 1pm either the same day or the day in advance
Similarly, those taking the temple footpaths can hike either the same day or the day in advance after 9 a.m. These initiatives were taken to avoid further pilgrims gathering in the city.
There is speculation that the TTD may restrict the issuance of Darshan tickets worth £ 300, which is currently around 30,000 per day. 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.
However, the TTD is not allowed to keep the temple out of bounds for the pilgrims, unlike last year when the shrine was closed for more than 80 days due to the pandemic.