Hyderabad: Tirumala Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple will come up in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to construct temples of Lord Venkateshwara in Mumbai and Varanasi, a Lok Sabha constituency that Prime Minister Narendra Modi represents.
The temple in Mumbai will come up at the cost of Rs 30 crore. TTD will write letters to the Centre and UP governments for allocating land in J&K and Varanasi. TTD Board also proposed to establish an exclusive Cyber Security Cell to check bad propaganda against it on social media. Besides, the Board also decided to lodge a defamation case against a newspaper that carried a story affecting the sentiments of devotees.
TTD Board also approved the appointment of Ramana Dikshitulu as honorary chief priest at the temple. TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy-led board made critical decisions while sanctioning the Rs 3,243-crore budget for 2019-20 fiscal. Earlier, the proposed budget was Rs 3,116.25 crore, and now the Board enhanced it.
Rs 8 crore will be spent on repairing Ghat Roads on Tirumala, crash barriers at the cost of Rs 10 crore on second Ghat Road will be set up. The Board also approved the allocation of Rs 14.30 crore for repairing works on TTD Administrative building. The Board also set up a committee to examine safety standards on Tirumala Ghat Roads. Devotees will be allowed through Vaikunta Dwaram on Vaikunta Ekadashi (January 7) and Dvadasha (January 8).
“Priority goes to clearing regular queue lanes so that as many devotees as possible can have darshan of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy. The Varaha Swamy temple beside the main temple will have golden-plated ‘gopuram’, for which TTD allocated Rs 14 crore. A total ban on plastic usage at Tirumala by Sankranti will be in force,” said Subba Reddy.
TTD Hundi (offerings) revenue in 2019-20 so far was Rs 1,285 crore as against the estimate of Rs 2,131 crore. They also collected about Rs 330 crore from the sale of laddu prasadam.