All arrangements are in place for the grand conduct of the auspicious Vaikunta Ekadasi festival slated on January 11.
The TTD management has dispensed with the conduct of all kinds of arjitha sevas inside the temple complex on both Ekadasi and Dwadasi festival days. The Vaikunta Dwaram (Uttara darwaja) encircling the inner most sanctum sanctorum will be thrown open to the public on both the days -- on January 11 and 12.
The privileged entry provision to senior citizens, physically challenged and parents with infants also stands dispensed on both the days. While the issuance of Rs.50 special entry darshan tickets has been cancelled the management has issued Rs.300 darshan tickets in limited numbers for the benefit of local denizens. As part of its crowd management strategy, the administration has resolved to provide darshan to about 75,000 pilgrims on Ekadasi day and over 80,000 devotees on the following Dwadasi day. Over 40,000 Divya darshan tokens will be issued for those reaching Tirumala on foot on both the days. The darshan tokens will be issued half-way on both the Alipiri and Srivari mettu footpaths on Friday from 2 p.m. onwards. Common pilgrims will be allowed darshan of the presiding deity – Venkateswara n first-come-first-serve basis. They will be permitted to join the darshan lines at Narayanagiri gardens on Friday mid-night. Adding grandeur to the festival while the procession of the Golden Chariot will be organised on January 11 (Ekadasi day) Chakrasnanam is scheduled on the following day.
The temple administration is reportedly flooded with recommendation letters for the darshan. It has pegged the price of VIP darshan ticket at Rs.1,000 each and has made it clear that only those VIPs coming in person not exceeding six in number will be entertained.
Further, with the Ekadasi festival also coinciding with Saturday management is anticipating a huge turnout of pilgrims.
Arjitha sevas inside the temple complex on both Ekadasi and Dwadasi days cancelled Vaikunta Dwaram (Uttara darwaja) will be thrown open to the public on both the days
Arjitha sevas inside the temple complex on both Ekadasi and Dwadasi days cancelled
Vaikunta Dwaram (Uttara darwaja) will be thrown open to the public on both the days