Andhra Pradesh

Tirumala witnesses heavy rush

Devotees resting under the shade of trees at Narayanagiri gardens at Tirumala on Saturday.

Devotees resting under the shade of trees at Narayanagiri gardens at Tirumala on Saturday.  

Additional police forces deployed to assist TTD staff

The Tirumala temple of Lord Venkateswara witnessed heavy rush of pilgrims on Saturday. The crowd was so heavy that the entire quota of 20,000 tickets for divya darshanam (issued halfway on both footpaths leading to the town) were exhausted by 8 a.m.

The Vaikuntam complex was full to its capacity and the darshan lines spilled out to a couple of km on the road. Arrangements were made on a war footing to comfortably accommodate them at the open top galleries along the mada streets. Tirupati (urban) SP Abhishek Mohanty deployed additional forces to assist the TTD staff in regulation of crowd. However there was no problem to the pilgrims with ₹300 special entry and divya darshan tokens who were allowed at the stipulated time as mentioned on their tickets.

The situation was similar at the TTD cottage allotment counters. Devotees were forced to spend arduous hours in securing accommodation. Talking to the media, TTD in-charge Executive Officer K.S. Srinivasa Raju said that efforts were on to utilise all the sixty cubicles inside both Vaikuntam complexes as the waiting time for the ordinary devotees stretched beyond fifteen hours. He attributed the surge in crowds to the weekends holidays that immediately followed Deepavali.

Appeal to devotees

He appealed to the devotees to cooperate with the TTD and abide by the suggestions of the police.

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