The campaign launched by the Hindu Devalayala Prathisthana Peetham and the Tirumala Tirupati Samrakshana Samithi for the protection of the temple of ‘Vakulamatha', the foster mother of Lord Venkateswara is gathering momentum by the day.
Kamalananda Bharathiswamy, the head of the Peetham and D. R. Narendra, district president of the Samrakshna Samithi led a ‘padayatra' with their followers to where the ancient temple stands perched precariously atop a hillock after all the granite boulders around it have been indiscriminately quarried away over the years.
The two leaders wondered as to how the TTD, which had decided long time ago to renovate the temple and even earmarked some funds for the work, had left the temple and its vicinity unprotected. They also sought to strike an equation with the quarry workers and also with the people of the surrounding villages and try and take them on board in their campaign to save the temple from further damage.
In their interaction with the group, they also sought to put it across to them that by renovating and restoring the past glory of the temple, it would make it emerge as yet another tourist attraction around Tirupati and help its villagers develop economically and spiritually as well. The swamijis said that they would wait for a month from now for the TTD to step in and take up renovation works of the temple as promised, failing which they vowed to sit on a fast at the spot to bring pressure on the authorities concerned.