Tirupati: Despite the Covid-19 lockdown, devotees of Lord Venkateswara of the famous hill shrine at Tirumala will soon be able to receive sacred ‘Tirupati Laddu prasadams’ at subsidized prices in Andhra Pradesh, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
This follows the request by the devotees of Lord Venkateswara. The prices of the Laddus have been slashed by half and each piece will now cost Rs 25 as against Rs 50 earlier.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Board Chairman YV Subba Reddy said that they decided to sell the Tirupati Laddu at subsidized prices after requests from devotees.
Subba Reddy said that the date of sale of Tirupati Laddu in the respective places would be communicated in two to three days.
He said that Tirupati Laddu, which is priced at Rs 50 each, would be sold at a subsidized price of Rs 25 as a token of gift to the devotees in the lockdown period.
Reddy said that the plan is to prepare laddus after receiving offers from the major center. “We are chalking out plans to transport the laddus to nearest TTD Kalyana Mandapam or information center. Buyers can then take the laddus home for distribution,” he said.
Reddy said that they have no idea when they can provide Darshan of Lord Balaji to the devotees. “At present, our focus is to reach out to devotees with Laddu Prasadam,” he added.
Tirupati Laddu causes 140 Cr loss due to subsidised price & free distribution to devotees. Prasadam shouldn't be considered as profit/loss 😔
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) February 19, 2017