A video footage relating to alleged proselytisation atop Tirumala created ripples among the TTD circles on Wednesday. The footage believed to have taken in the temple town showed clergymen encouraging religious conversions right in front of the main temple complex. Further adding to the controversy, the clergymen also reportedly made some derogatory remarks against the presiding deity.
Though the video was said to have been uploaded on You Tube in September 2011 it became a hot topic of discussion when a section of the electronic media telecast it.
Soon after the telecast, the TTD found itself in an embarrassing situation with devotees, political leaders and religious heads criticising it for what they called quiescent attitude of the management.
When contacted TTD Executive Officer M.G. Gopal said he would not tolerate any kind of activity which would undermine the religious dignity of the place. Instructions were issued to the officials concerned to probe the issue. In case of violation (according to which promotion of religious activities other than Hinduism is strictly prohibited atop Tirumala) strict action would be initiated against erring persons, he said.