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They will be set up in all district headquarters in the State

School will provide spiritual and corporate education to economically weak students

TTD plans to celebrate Annamayya Jayanthi in India as well as US, UK and Kuwait

Tirupati: The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) would soon be setting up an exclusive Trust to mobilise donations for its proposed ‘Adhyathmika Gurukula Pathasalas’ (spiritual schools) in the State.

It is estimated that about Rs.20 crore each would be required setting up the schools in all the district headquarters towns with the twin objective of inculcating spiritual habits among the younger generation and provide quality and corporate-school type education to students of the socially and economically backward communities.

The TTD Trust Board which met at Tirumala on Saturday with its Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy in the chair held discussion on the subject and decided to set up the ‘Vidyadaana Trust’ to tap funds from the NRIs, industrial houses, philanthropists and so on.

Annamayya Jayanthi

The Board decided to celebrate in a befitting manner the 600th Jayanthi of saint-composer Annamacharya both on and off the Indian shores.

The fete would be celebrated in a grand manner in California, Birmingham and Kuwait with the financial assistance of the local organisations.

Financial assistance

Similarly, it would be observed in major cities like Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Benares for which the TTD would provide 65 per cent financial assistance while the rest is to be met by the State Government (25 %) and the local organisation concerned (10 %).

The TTD Trust Board also has resolved to erect an 108 ft high statue of Annamacharya near Tallapaka, the birth place of the saint-poet in the Kadapa district at a cost of Rs.2.5 crore and also to widen the road leading to Tallapaka from Rajampet highway at an estimated expenditure of Rs.3.5 crore.

It was also decided to extend the privilege of ‘Nithya Harathi’ to one family among the Annamayya descendents.

Some of the important decisions taken concerning the welfare of the TTD staff and the priests were to regularise the services of 173 workers employed in the ‘potu’-- the laddu kitchen, enhancement of the ‘sambhavana’ to ‘kainkaryam’ persons to Rs.10,000 per month from the present Rs.7,500, hiking of Brahmothsavam ‘bahumanam’ (incentive) to the staff from Rs.4,000 to Rs.5000 each.

New Sevas

Another major decision taken by the board was to introduce certain new sevas in the TTD’s Local Temples (non-Tirumala temples) especially in the Srinivasamangapuram temple which has been attracting a huge pilgrim influx from all over.

Brahmothsavam, Vasthra Seva, Swarna Pushparchana, Tiruppavada and Ashtothara Sathakalasabhishekam, Vasanthothsavam and Pushpa Yagam are some of the new sevas to be introduced in the temple on the lines of the Tirumala temple.

The Board also finalised the tariffs for the sevas and the number of persons to be allowed.