Staff Reporter

The idea is to check undesirable activities in villages, says TTD Chairman

  • Propagation of other religions at Tirumala denied
  • TTD to perform one lakh mass marriages every year

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Asserting that propagation of other religions is not taking place on Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, and describing it as a vicious campaign, TTD Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy has said a number of measures are under way to further strengthen the Hindu dharma. Among them was the launching of bhajan sanghams and taking them to the nook and corner of the State for the bhajana yagnam programme.

    Speaking at the Bhajana Yagna Samarambha Mahotsavam of the TTD's Dharma Prachara Parishad (DPP) and Bhagavathula Charitable Trust (BCT) here on Monday, he said that to stem undesirable activities in villages and ebb in religious activities and restore a peaceful atmosphere for the spread of dharma, the bhajana yagnam programme was launched in Visakhapatnam through the BCT, well known for its social activities. BCT has been entrusted with the task of forming the sanghams in Chittoor and Karimnagar in the experimental programme.

    Job courses

    Mr. Karunakar Reddy said the campaign about propagation of other religions at Tirumala was not proved. During the last two years, a number of programmes had been taken up for the spread of dharma. Noticing that employment-oriented courses were gaining the upper hand and to promote the study of the Vedas, as soon as a student joined Rs.1 lakh was being deposited in his name so that he got about Rs. 2.5 lakhs after the completion of the 12-year course. All the 400 workers in the potu (kitchen) at Tirumala were srivaishnavas and their services were regularised. The TTD had also decided to perform one lakh mass marriages every year, bearing the cost of wedding and the `talibottu' to help the poorer sections of society. All the programmes at Tirumala were aimed at strengthening religious activity, the Chairman said. The TTD board would strive to improve facilities with the common man in the view, he said. He released a cassette of bhajana songs brought out on the occasion. Special Advisor to TTD and retired IAS officer P.V.R.K. Prasad said the bhajana mandali programme was an effort to involve people in spreading religious activities. As many 450 bhajana sanghams were formed in 21 mandals of the district and of them 311 qualified for the Rs.3,000 assistance for buying bhajana equipment. BV Parameswara Rao, coordinator of TTD's Bhajana yagnam, said villages reverberated with Govindanama during the conduct of the programme in the past few months.

    A campaign on the bhajana yagnam was taken up in the 22 mandals and volunteers were picked up. Teachers for all the mandals were selected who in turn trained the volunteers.

    TTD Joint Executive Officer G. Balaramayya, DPP member Venkata Sarma, PRO Rama Pulla Reddy and Commissioner of Income-Tax Narasimhappa participated.