Kaun Banega TTD Board Chairman?

Though there has been a lot of competition to grab the coveted post of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam board chairmanship, only two names are being heard strongly.

Hyderabad: As the TTD board term is going to expire; a lot of names are doing rounds as to who would be selected for the position. One of the most prominent names is that of the Telugu Desam Party MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao.

It has been Rao’s dream to become TTD board chairman. He tried his best when he was in Congress and has been doing the same in the Telugu Desam.

However, speculations are that he is miffed with Chandrababu Naidu. When Rayapati expressed his desire to Naidu after his return from America, there was no enthusiastic response from Naidu, and reportedly he was disappointed.

Naidu has clarified that MLAs and MPs’ would not be given any nominated posts, and that includes Rayapati, who seem to have missed the bus again. Many leaders, have tried to console Rayapati by saying that Naidu might not have responded positively due to some social reasons. They also suggested him not to pressurize Naidu for it.

On the other hand, rumours are rife that retired IAS officer Lakshmi Narayana or Telecom expert Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary might get the plum post. Chief Executive Officer of AP State Skill Development Corporation, Lakshmi Narayana happens to be the batch mate of Naidu in SV University.

However, it is also a possibility that the post may go to Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary. Incidentally, Hanuman Chowdary happens to be chairman of Prajna Bharati, an association of nationalist intellectuals.

The rumours are that to please the BJP, which appears to be irked with Naidu at the moment, the plum post might be given to Chowdhary, who received Padmasri this year.

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TTD Systems Attacked By Ransomware

WannaCry ransomware has not spared even Tirumala. Nearly 30 computers of TTD were attacked by the virus, though no damage was reported.

Tirumala: Even God could not protect his computers from WannaCry ransomware! According to reports, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam’s (TTD) computers were hit. TTD is the governing body of the richest temple in India.

It was reported that nearly 30 computer systems were affected by the virus.

The governing body, however, said that its main portal and website were not breached.

The systems that were affected were suspected to be using a pirated version of Windows XP operating system said a leading daily.  It also reported that the TTD officials were confident that no critical data was lost and no great damage was done.

An emergency meeting was held by newly appointed TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal after the hack. Later he told the media that precautionary measures were being taken to prevent further attack.

According to another leading daily, TTD had about 2,000 computers, of which 500 systems were used for booking for devotees.

Officials said that they have loaded patches released by Microsoft for further protection of all the systems.

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TTD EO Row Heats Up, Pawan Questions Naidu’s Decision

Mr. Anil Kumar SInghal’s appointment criticised by the opposition and religious figures alike.

Hyderabad: Controversy over the appointment of a north Indian IAS officer as Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD) has snowballed further with the leader of Jana Sena and film star Pawan Kalyan questioned the decision. Mr Anil Kumar Singhal, a IAS officer from Himachal Pradesh has taken charge as EO on Saturday last.

“Where is the need to appoint a north Indian man when scores of officers from our state are available? Are officers from South India appointed at north Indian shrines? I am not opposing Mr Singhal taking charge. But the state government shall explain to the people the reasons. In Varanasi, Amarnath or Mathura, no South Indian is appointed as executive officer, in that case, why should we?” Mr Pawan Kalyan demanded.

His arrows have further aggravated the row. Already some Hindu seers including Swaroopanandendra Saraswati of Sarada Peetham in Visakhapatnam have lambasted the Naidu government over the appointment. “It’s a tradition to appoint Telugu officer since he alone can correctly understand the Vykhanasa Agama sastra customs on which Tirumala runs. To avoid friction between the Agama Sastra traditions which are being constantly interpreted and implemented, a Telugu man is necessary at the helm. The institutions of antiquity should not be altered for temporal reasons” felt Swami Swaroopanandendra.

The opposition parties have also cried foul over the decision. This is utter disregard for our traditions and the TDP government is out to destroy the sanctity of the greatest shrines of the world’ castigated the YSRC. Congress Party also raised objections to the appointment.

Except once in 1970s when a non-Telugu man Mr Subrahmanyam who hailed from Tamil Nadu was appointed as EO, all other EOs- from Anna Rao to Sambasiva Rao, had been Telugu people.

BJP has not questioned the decision since it is part of the government. According to informed sources in the government, Chief Minister had to accept a strong recommendation from a high profile Union cabinet minister and appointed Mr Singhal.

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First North Indian IAS For TTD EO Has Naidu’s Heart

It was perhaps for the first time that the AP government had appointed a north Indian IAS officer as EO to the prestigious TTD. It has several dimensions and directions.

Amaravati: The posting of 1993 batch IAS officer, Anil Kumar Singhal, as the Executive Officer of the prestigious Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams (TTD) seems to have several dimensions. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had handpicked this bureaucrat for the prime slot against the wishes of several Telugu IAS officers and the long tradition.

Singhal, who is now the resident commissioner at the AP Bhavan in New Delhi was on several assignments with the Central government on deputation before being appointed in the present post. Though he was allocated to the Telangana State after the bifurcation, he opted for a change and came to the Andhra Pradesh holding the resident commissioner post in Delhi.

Prior to his posting at AP Bhavan, he was with the Central government on different assignments. It is said that at a time when senior IAS officers from the combined AP were no so cooperative with Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu after his return to power in 2014 elections, Singhal stood firm helping the State government. The Babus on deputation to the Center were not happy with Naidu in his earlier stint and have refused to back him this time. However, Singhal’s initiatives have reportedly helped the AP government, particularly Naidu, in getting funds this time. It is said that Singhal had played key role in framing the Special Package for the State and also to route the Central funds from the Surface Transport Ministry and other departments.

Besides playing key role in routing finances to the State, Singhal is also said to have the support of many Union Ministers, including M Venkaiah Naidu and Srujana Chowdary, that have helped him make it to the TTD EO post.

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Bojjala Jumps Into TTD Race As Naidu Appoints North Indian As EO

A North Indian IAS officer was appointed as Executive Officer of the TTD for the first time. Sulking former minister Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy had jumps into the fray for the TTD chairman’s post, while Narasaraopet MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao writes to Naidu seeking the post.

Amaravati: The race for the prestigious Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board chairmanship turned quite interesting for the people to watch in Andhra Pradesh politics. The race has been between Rajamahendravaram MP M Murali Mohan and Narasaraopet MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao till now. But, the sulking former minister from Chittoor, Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy had joined the fray making it quite interesting now.

Gopalakrishna Reddy, who is not happy with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for dropping him from the Cabinet on health grounds, had sent his resignation letter initially. However, he withdrew the resignation letter following the intervention of the senior leaders who had promised him due importance in the days to come. Now, with the TTD Board chairman post falling vacant as the term of incumbent Chadalavada Krishna Murthy ended last week, Bojjala threw his hat into the ring. His entry into the race had made the TTD post a triangular contest with Rayapati and Murali Mohan already fighting for it.

Meanwhile, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao had offered to quit his Lok Sabha seat if being MP he cannot be made the TTD Board chairman. In a letter to Naidu, the MP said he is ready to quit the MP post and take up TTD post. “If my MP position is seen as a hurdle to be posted as TTD Board chairman, I am ready to relinquish that post happily and take up the TTD post,” he said in his letter.

It was initially thought that Naidu would clear the names for the new Trust Board before he leaves for US tour on May 4. But caught up in the tough fight, Naidu may take time and begin the exercise only on his return.
In the meanwhile, Naidu has appointed a North Indian in the position of TTD Executive Officer. Anil Kumar Singhal who is presently the Resident Commissioner at AP Bhavan in Delhi was chosen for the coveted post. AP Government has issued orders to this effect on Monday. A number of senior IAS officers including the Chief Secretary had appealed to the CM to continue with the tradition of appointing only Telugus in the important position. But Naidu rejected the plea. IAS lobbies say the CM has succumbed to the pressure applied by a Central Minister. Singhal belongs to 1993 batch. He worked as a collector of Medak district. He is known as a good, straightforward officer. The present EO, D Sambasiva Rao, has been transferred to Commercial Taxes department as Special Principal Secretary.

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TTD Board gives nod for Rs 86 cr worth works

Tirumala: The Trust board of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has approved Rs 86 crore worth developmental works during its board meeting, of which Rs 53 crore was towards housekeeping and management services in Tirumala.

The TTD Trust Board, under the chairmanship of Dr Ch Krishnamurthy, on Monday took some important resolutions during the board meeting held at Annamaiah Bhavan in Tirumala. The board has approved many developmental works.

The TTD Board approved Rs 39 crore for construction of Vakulamata Rest House with a spacious parking facility and 270 rooms; construction of two storeyed Kalyana Mandapam in Appalayagunta at a cost of Rs 3.10 crore; earmarked Rs 1.42 crore for reconstruction of Sri Sambandhu Sekhara Swamy Devasthanam in Duggirala of West Godavari; construction of Kalyana Mandapam in Rayachoti of YSR Kadapa district at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore.

The TTD Board also allocated Rs 1.18 crore for development of Sri Tirupati Devarayalu Devasthanam in Nasannakota in Anantapur district. It also sanctioned Rs 37 lakh for effecting repairs of choultry in Annapureddipalle of Khammam, renovation of Srivasapura Venkateswara Swamy in Velagalapalli of Kurnool district at Rs 27.90 lakh, renovation of Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Swamy temple in Armoor of Nizamabad district at an estimated cost of Rs 31.25 lakh,  sanction of Rs 21.15 lakh towards the reconstruction of Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy in Kondepi mandal of Prakasam district,  Rs 30 lakh for construction of Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in Vaddadi and Rs 12 lakh for Sri Poturaju Babu temple construction in Vaddadi village of Vizag,  Rs 25 lakh for Prakaram Mandapam construction of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Chillakuru mandal of Nellore district.

MARKETING WORKS:

Procurement of various ingredients including:  For every two months, required quantity of various ingredients will be henceforth procured through e-tender and e-auction,  procurement of 15.30 lakh kg of sona masuri rice at Rs 41 per kilo, an amount of Rs 6.27 cr has been sanctioned,  Rs 1.25cr approved for the purchase of eleven lakhs coconuts with 30 cm diameter with each coconut at a cost of Rs 11.34, an amount of Rs 2.62 cr sanctioned for purchase of four lakh kg of Bengal gram at Rs 65.51 per kg, for two months period, Rs 80 lakh worth 1.20 lakh kg of Red gram at Rs.66.88 per kg is sanctioned. TTD made a revenue of Rs 4.78 cr in January and Rs 8.13cr in February during the e-auction of human hair in 2017,  For purchase of 1,790 tonnes of fodder to cattle in SV Gosala, Rs 2.85 cr sanctioned.  Towards the purchase of 8,600 tonnes of maize grass For SV Goshala, Rs.2.84cr sanctioned.

OTHERS:

A Bengaluru based firm, Bright Waste Technology, has come forward for Solid Waste Management in Tirumala for a period of five years. Over 332 Potu workers in Tirumala, 65 labours working in Ugranam, gets extension for one more year on contact basis,  172 outsourcing contract labour working in forest department under Sri Venkateswara Forest Workers Welfare Society get extension for one more year, Agama advisor Sri NAK Sunderavaradan also gets extension for one more year on contract basis. (NSS)

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Celestial Wedding At Vontimitta On April 10, Says EO

Tirupati: The annual Brahmotsavams at Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple in Tirupati off to a ceremonial start with Dhwajarohanam in Mesha Lagnam on Saturday.

The nine­-day fete in Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple is scheduled from March 25 to April 2 and TTD has made elaborate arrangements for this fete.

Earlier, the day began with the procession of deities in four Mada streets during the wee hours and later the traditional flag hoisting ceremony on temple pillar commenced amidst chanting of Vedic mantras by archakas. The Garuda on pillar was rendered with harati and naivedyam and later the sacred Garuda Flag was hoisted onto the temple pillar in a ceremonious way.

Later, speaking on this occasion, TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao said this year Garuda Seva falls on March 29 while Hanumantha Vahana Seva on March 30. “All the devotees should take part in this fete. And as a state function, the Sita Rama Kalyanam will be celebrated in a big way at Vontimitta on April 10 this year and I invite all the devotees to take part in this fete”, he added.

Tirupati JEO P Bhaskar said, this year Garuda Seva in Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple coincided with the auspicious Sri Hevilambi Nama Samvatsara Ugadi festival day. “The Garuda Seva and Hanumantha Vahana Sevas are the two most important Vahana sevas in Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple Brahmotsavams and I wish the devotees take part in the annual nine-day fete”, he maintained.

The Brahmotsavam schedule is as follows: March 25 – Dhwajarohanam and Pedda Sesha Vahanam , March 26  – Chinna Sesha and Hamsa, March 27 – Simha and Mutyapupandiri, March 28   – Kalpavriksha and Sarvabhupala, March 29  – Pallaki Utsavam and Ugadi Asthanam besides Garuda seva, March 30 – Hanumantha and Vasanthotsavam besides Gaja, March 31  – Suryaprabha and Chandraprabha and April 1  – Rathotsavam and Aswa and April 2  – Pallaki Utsavam and Chakrasananm besides Dhwajavaraohanam 

COURTESY: NSS

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Digital passbooks for donors before April 30

Tirupati: The donors, offering largesse to TTD trusts and scheme, should get digital passbooks before April 30, said TTD EO Dr D. Sambasiva Rao.

Reviewing with Tirupati in-charge Tirumala JEO  KS Sreenivasa Raju on donor management system in his chambers in Tirupati on Thursday, the EO said that the Donor Management System has been introduced to avoid delay and enhance transparency in offering privileges to donors with the help of TCS and TTD IT wing from September 13 last.

With this system, the donors can get their acknowledgement and IT exemption certificate within 48hours of their offerings being generated in banks. “So far 40,000 donors have offered their contributions to various trusts and solo scheme of TTD. Of them, 35 per cent have generated digital passbooks so far. To speed up the services and enhance transparency, I urge the remaining donors to obtain digital passbooks before April 30,” he added.

Adding further he said, “In the last six months after the introduction of the new online system, over 4,200 have donated over Rs 1 lakh and they procured digital passbooks. New donors will get the SMS confirmation within 48 hours. The names of trust-wise donors will also be displayed on our website for transparency,” he added.

On Cottage Donor Management System, the EO said, this new system will be launched from April 1.

“Earlier we used to send the coupons and life certificate through post. Due to postal delay and other reasons both the management and donors used to suffer a lot. But now with the new online system, we have dispensed with life certificate. For self donors, they can send the coupons online a day before. For those who are recommended by donors they should send coupons four days earlier. For the donors have to mention the names of those whom they are recommending on the coupons itself online”, he maintained.

To prevent the misuse of letters on the name of VIPs, the signatures of all VIPs will be gathered and an SMS alert to their mobile numbers will be sent soon after issuing Arjitha Seva or VIP darshan ticket, the EO said. “In case of any problem, the donors can contact our call centres, which will function round the clock”, he added.

DLO  Venkataramana, additional FA&CAO  Balaji, CIO  Sudhakar, IT wing chief  Sesha Reddy were also present. (NSS)

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TTD invites Namakaran for its mobile app from devotees

Tirumala: To enable more transparent and speedy pilgrim-friendly services, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is set to launch its mobile app on the auspicious day of Sri Hevalambi Nama Samvatsara Telugu Ugadi.

In this connection, the TTD EO, Dr D Sambasiva Rao, has aspired to involve Srivari devotees also to do naming for the app which provides Arjitha Seva services, information on TTD with respect to various departments.

The devotees who wish to be a part in this “Namakaran” fete can send their crisp and appealing title to the mail IDonlineservices@tirumala.org or can WhatsApp to 93993 99399 before 5 pm on March 17.

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SVAT TOUCHES THE MAGIC FIGURE Rs.800 CRORES-TTD EO

Tirumala: The donations to Sri Venkateswara Annaprasadam Trust (SVAT) have touched the magic figure of Rs.800 crores and it shows the confidence of the pilgrims in TTD charity activities, asserted TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao.

During the weekly review meeting with TTD senior officers in Tirumala at Annamaiah Bhavan on Tuesday, the EO said, the pouring of donations to TTD trusts and scheme boost ups the energy of TTD and we are committed to carry out more charity works to reach out the needy”, he maintained.

The EO instructed the Engineering wing to supervise and monitor the movement of pilgrims after the release of Sarva Darshan pilgrim compartments (near the Elephant Gate) to avoid congestion. “The problems in this point need to be redressed”, he added.

He later instructed the DFO Sri Sivaram Prasad to use treated water for red sanders plantation in Tirumala. He also instructed the TTD forest officer to inspect all the TTD sub-temple and remove the weeds on Gopurams if any.

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TTD RELEASES 48,690 ONLINE QUOTA TICKETS FOR MAY

Tirumala: The monthly Dial your EO program took place at Annamaiah Bhavan in Tirumala on Friday. The TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao briefed the pilgrims about the upcoming religious events and the developmental activities taken up by TTD recently.

The EO said the TTD’s Ugadi Panchangam is available in TTD book stalls for sale .He  also elaborated on the Trusts and schemes being operated by TTD and invited the largesse from devotees spread across the world to participate in great service activity. “For those who are donating Rs.1Crore and more will get privilege of VIP break darshan in L1 thrice and Suprabhatham thrice in a year for five members. They too get Vedasirvachanam and Rs.2500 worth accommodation free of cost. The donors will get IT exemption for the same”, the EO added.

The Annaprasadam Trust has so far received Rs.800 crores and spending Rs.85crores every year in providing Annaprasadam to devotees. Adding further the EO said, as Corporate Social Responsibility the Coal India Limited and ONGC have come forward to take up developmental works worth Rs.13crores in Tirumala.

The devotees can now procure Rs.300 tickets through APT online centres present at AP and TS. The temple management of TTD has released 48690 online quota tickets for the month of May which will be released on TTD web site on March 3 after 11am. Suprabhatam -6,250; Thomala-130, ; Archana-130 ; Visesha Puja – 750 ; Astadalam-80; Nijapada darshanam- 1,500 ; Kalyanotavam- 10,875 ; Unjal Seva – 2,900 ; Arjitha Brahmotsavam- 6,235 ; Vasanthotsavam-5,590 and Sahasra Deepalankara Seva – 14,250. (NSS)

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KCR’s Thanksgiving At Tirumala

  • Presents Ornaments To Lord Balaji

Tirupati: Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR) and his family had given costly gold ornaments they brought from Hyderabad to Lord Balaji and goddess Padmavati on Wednesday. KCR, wife Sobha were accompanied by their son K Taraka Rama Rao and daughter Kavitha along with their spouses and children. Minister for Major Irrigation and CM’s nephew T Harish Rao and many other Cabinet colleagues were with the chief minister. 

KCR has, in a gesture of thanksgiving, donated a salagramaharam costing Rs 5 crore to Lord Venkateswara. He also gave a nose stud weighing 47 grams to Padmavati ammavaaru at Tiruchanur. Manikanthikaku and many other items were presented to Lord Balaji.

TTD chairman Chadalavada Krishna murthy and CEO Sambasiva Rao and minister Bojjala Krishna Reddy were with the TS CM during this time.

There was criticism in social media and English TV channel have criticised the gesture by the chief minister at the cost of the exchequer. Earlier, KCR had given away gold ornaments to Bhadrakali at Warangal and Kanaka Durga at Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada.

Answering questions from media persons, KCR reaffirmed that people of the two Telugu States would live in peace and harmony and set an example for other States in the country.

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TTD temples decked for New Year

Tirupati: TTD-managed temples in the area have geared up to welcome pilgrims for New Year darshan on January 1 (Sunday).

The temples of Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy at Srinivasa Mangapuram, Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru in Tiruchanoor, Appalaygunta Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy, Sri Kodanda Ramalayam, Sri Govinda Raja Swamy temples are prominent among those who donned new look with pandals, floral decorations and rangolis attracting pilgrim devotees.

Other important temples in other parts of the district, including Karvetinagaram Venugopalaswamy, Narayanavanam, Nagulapuram, Kosuvaripalle, Tarigonda etc. got an “all new look” for the New Year.

Besides the local temples, the TTD taken-over temples like Chandragiri Kodanda Ramalayam, Upamaka, Vontimitta, Tallapaka Chennakesava Swamy temple, Jammalamadugu Sri Narapura Venkateswara Swamy temple were also spruced up for the New Year.

TTD has made elaborate arrangements to meet the pilgrim rush in these temples with necessary security measures. -NSS

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Special rituals at TTD on Jan 1, Vaikunta Ekadasi

Tirupati: TTD plans to conduct special rituals at Srivari Temples in Srinivasa Mangapuram and Narayanavanam on the occasion of New Year on January 1, 2017 and also on January 8 Vaikunta Ekadasi.

At Srianivasa Mangapuram, sarva darshan will be allowed from early hours of 3am till 4pm after completion of daily and Dhanurmasam traditions from 12 midnight. Again after daily rituals, sarva darshanam will commence from 5pm to 9 pm.

On Vaikunta Ekadasi day, January 8th, sarva darshanam will commence from 3am to 4pm and again from 5pm to 9pm after daily rituals like Tomala, Koluvu and Panchanga sravanam. Srivari along with consort Bhudevi will also be paraded on Bangaru Tiruchi 8.00-9.00am. In view of the special events, the daily Kalyanaotsavam has been suspended on January 1st and 8th.

At the Srivari Temple, Narayanavanam on January 1st sarva darshanam will commence from 4am to 8.30pm after daily rituals of Tomala seva, Koluvu and Panchanga sravanam. Sri Andal Viratotsavam will be conducted from 6.30am to 7.30am and Snapana Thirumanjanam from 9am to 10am and Srivari Gramotsavam and Asthanam from 5.30pm to 7pm.

On the occasion of the two special events, HDPP and Annamacharya Project will conduct cultural, bhakti sangeet and devotional programmes in the above sub temples of TTD. –NSS

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TTD to renovate Pithapuram temple

The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam Trust Board has decided to prepare estimates for the construction of steps and fencing to Vakulamatha temple. It also agreed to sanction Rs 2.04 crores for renovation and reconstruction of Sri Padmavathi Sametha Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in Pithapuram of East Godavari district. The board also sanctioned Rs 4.74 crores for construction of six cattle sheds in SV Goshala at Palamaner.

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TTD waives service charges on e-transactions

Tirupati: TTD Executive officer Dr D Sambasiva Rao says there will be no additional charges on all cashless (online) transactions till December 31 for the benefit of devotees to Tirumala and Tirupati.

After a review meeting with all bankers at the TTD administrative block in Tirupati on Tuesday, the TTD EO urged the bankers to ensure that the devotees did not suffer any inconvenience in the wake of the demonetization. He said the banks will not add any additional charges for online services made at either Tirupati or Tirumala for booking rooms, purchase of Srivari dollars, laddu prasadam, publications, diaries and calendars. The devotees would have choice to use credit or debit cards, Rupay cards, besides internet banking. He also appealed to the bankers to facilitate the devotees with small denomination notes and coins collected in the hundi as per availability.

Dr Sambasiva Rao said there would be no additional service charges for donors for the e-hundi or e-donations. The TTD has decided to bear the cost of service charges of the donors for the TTD trusts and other schemes to facilitate the devotees. – NSS

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జనవరి, ఫిబ్రవరి నెలలకు లక్ష ఆర్జిత టికెట్లు జారీ

తిరుమల: తిరుపతి తిరుమల వెంకన్న దర్శనానికి టీటీడీ ప్రవేశపెట్టిన ఆన్ లైన్ టికెట్ల విక్రయానికి భారీ ఎత్తున భక్తులనుంచి స్పందన వస్తోంది. ఇందుకు తాజా ఉదాహరణ జనవరి, ఫిబ్రవరి నెలల్లో వివిధ రకాలైన ఆర్జిత సేవల కోసం విక్రయించిన టికెట్ల సంఖ్యే. 60 రోజుల వ్యవధిలోమొత్తం ఒక లక్షా 147 మందికి ఆర్జిత సేవ టికెట్లను విక్రయించినట్టు తిరుపతి-తిరుమల దేవస్థానం కార్యనిర్వాహక అధికారి డాక్టర్ డి. సాంబశివరావు తెలిపారు. ఆయన అందించిన వివరాల ప్రకారం సహస్ర దీప సేవకు 25 వేలకు పైన, వసంతోత్సవాలకు 22 వేల పైన, కల్యాన సేవకు 20 వేలు, బ్రహ్మోత్సవ సేవలకు 11 వేలకు పైన టికెట్లను విక్రయించినట్టు తెలుస్తోంది.

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Ponnakalva utsavam celebrated

TIRUCHANUR: The Ponnakalva Utsavam which happens to be the summer resort festival that is being observed on the auspicious Chitra Pournami day during Vasanthotsavam at Tiruchanoor has been celebrated amidst religious ecstacy on Monday.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanama (TTD) being the custodian of Hindu Sanatana Dharma, has embarked on a mission of reviving old and traditional rituals that have been dropped altogether, truncated or modified in course of time. One such important festival is Ponnakalva  Utsvam which was revived by TTD in 2007 after a long gap of two-and-a-half decades.

The processional deities of Lord Govinda Raja Swamy, Goddesses Sri Devi, Bhu Devi, Andal Sri Goda Devi, Lord Sri Krishna Swamy and commander-in-chief of Lord Sri Vishwaksena were taken out on a procession from Sri Govinda Raja Swamy temple before sun rise to Ponnakalva Mandapam located in Tiruchanoor road.

Here the priests performed Snapana Tirumanjanam giving celestial bath with different spices to the deities who halted for a summer holiday picnic spot providing solace on religious lines near Ponnakalva (small spring) amidst the chanting of vedic hymns and melam and nadaswaram.

The unique feature is that Snapana Tirumanjanam is performed on Swing (usually deties will be seated on a platform while rendering celestial bath). Hundreds of villagers thronged to see this interesting religious fete.

Later in the evening, since Lord Govinda Raja Swamy happens to be the elder brother of Lord Venkateswara Swamy paves a formal visit to meet the beloved of His brother, Goddess Padmavathi Devi who resides at Tiruchanoor as presiding deity before returning to his home temple.

An interesting custom takes places here where in one main door of the temple remains closed and Goddess Padmavathi greets her husband’s elder brother (brother-in-law) standing behind the closed door as a mark of respect as per the tradition in good old days.

After their celestial meet, Lord returns to Sri Govinda Raja Swamy temple in the evening with which the religious event concludes.

TTD has made elaborate arrangements for this event. Annaprasadam has also been distributed to the devotees who took part in this celestial fete.

TTDs Pedda Jiyangar, Dy EO Chandra Sekhara Pillai and other temple staffs took part in the event. (NSS)

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Let a lakh dalits, tribal visit Tirumala every year

  • Hanuman Chowdary finds fault with governments
  • Asks why spend TTD money on non-Hindu institutions
  • Send Hindus to Amranath, Mana Sarovar on pilgrimage

HYDERABAD: Stating that conversions and intense campaigning by other religions pose a great danger to the very existence of Hindhu dharma, Bharatiya Dharma Rakshana Samakhya (BDRS) has demanded that Endowments department, State and Central governments initiate special measures immediately for protection of Hindu dharma and culture.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, Samakhya convener Dr Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary and secretary Rambhatla Sudheesh questioned the wisdom of secular governments for taking only Hindu temples under the purview of the Endowments department and leaving churches and mosques to their religious leaders. Forcible religious conversions, vigorous campaigning to woo Hindus by other religious leaders were taking place dealing a huge blow to the Hindu dharma, the rulers were causing great harm to the Hindhu dharma by spending revenue of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam for the development of the non-Hindu institutions.

The Samakhya leaders bemoaned that while the rulers-that-be were chanting secularism and saying that all communities and religions were equal in the country as enshrined in the Indian Constitution, the rulers-that-be were spending Rs 1,000 crore of public money every year for sending Muslim minorities to Mecca on Haj pilgrimage and Christians to Jerusalem by creating several concessions, but the governments were not caring and thinking of sending Hindus to any one of the Hindu shrines on par with them.

“Under the circumstances, the Bharatiya Dharma Rakshana Samakhya has come forward to fight for justice and protection of the majority community. We demand that the TTD and the Endowments department provide darshan of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy at Tirumala with all facilities to one lakh Dalits and Girijans every year with the money earned from the Hindu devotees in the form of offerings and Hundi collections”, Dr Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary and Rambhatla Sudheesh demanded. They demanded that the TTD and Endowments department provide all facilities to 25,000 Hindus every year to visit Amarnath and 10,000 people to Mana Sarovar on pilgrimage.

The BDRS leaders also demanded that the government construct places of worship in every Dalit colony, girijan hamlet and slums according to the wishes of the local population and appoint Archakas with a monthly salary of Rs 5,000 besides releasing Rs 50,000 to each temple for maintenance. They also suggested to the government to establish Saraswati Vidyalayas in every village and arrange religious discourses like Harikathas  and so on.

Former director general of police Aravinda Rao, former Home secretary K. Padmabhaiah, senior journalist Potturi Venkateshwara Rao and others were present. (NSS)

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