Chief Minister K. Rosaiah has expressed the hope that the online service scheme ‘Sri Seva' being introduced by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) would be a role model and benefit the pilgrims in a transparent manner.

Review meeting

The Chief Minister wanted a separate agency to implement the functioning of Sri Seva scheme, which the TTD Specified Authority decided to introduce. Before leaving for a tour of Bangalore, Mr. Rosaiah had a brief review meeting with the Endowments Minister Gade Venkata Reddy, chairman of the Specified Authority of TTD, J. Satyanarayana, members - I. Y. R. Krishna Rao and V. Nagi Reddy. He was apprised that right from reserving a cottage to booking darshan time or for tonsuring, these facilities could be done online.

He was informed that it would take a year before it was formally launched since perfect software needed to be developed.

The Sri Seva would be first to be implemented for two months on an experimental basis. As part of the programme, the TTD will offer a wide variety of packages to the pilgrims. Officials explained that the packages would be formulated in such a way that it would be convenient to the common man as well as the affluent.

He said that the aim always should be to help the common devotees, who congregate at Tirumala to have the darshan of the Lord of Seven Hills. They should not be put to inconvenience and should get Lord's darshan at the “quickest possible time”, he observed.

Seeghra Darshan

He suggested that stay by the devotees in the guest houses and cottages and rooms should be reduced to a day or maximum two days. Officials told him that Seeghra Darshan in Srivari temple was provided to nearly 40 lakh devotees. This innovative method of darshan has become popular.