The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) decided on Wednesday to allow the devotees to change their scheduled darshan date at Lord Venkateswara Temple. The decision was made in view of the rapid rise in coronavirus infections.
Followers who booked their darshan tickets online between April 21st and May 31st can change their scheduled darshan date to any day before the end of the year.
The TTD has cut the issuance of online darshan tickets from 25,000 to 15,000 per day since May 1. Despite the availability of around 1.65,000 online darshan tickets, a meager 68,864 pilgrims have visited the mountain shrine in the past 11 days. Only 2,262 devotees visited the temple on Tuesday, compared to the daily average of more than 75,000.
The highest step was recorded on May 2nd, when 10,824 devotees had Darshan of the Deity.
The low participation of followers affects the collection from Hundi Temple.
The average daily collection has dropped to £ 11, compared to more than £ 2.75 in the pre-pandemic period. According to the TTD, the Hundi has had a turnover of only 4.36 billion GBP since the beginning of the month.