Tirupati, Dec 31: The TTD has finally responded to the ongoing controversy on the making of the sacred Sreevari Laddu. An anonymous WhatsApp message suggested that some Christians were employed as part-timers in Potu for making the famed laddu.
The WhatsApp message, which was widely circulated among the devotees of Lord Balajee, last month, pointed out that one JRJ Wealth Management Services from Kerala was awarded the contract of preparing the laddus and a number of Christians were part of the preparation process. One J B Mathews of Ernakulam is the owner of the firm, according to the message, which also wondered whether it was Sreevari Laddu or Jesus Laddu.
The TTD, which was silent all these days, has finally responded, after The News Meter brought the issue to its notice.
The Board has clarified by stating that the sacred laddu is being prepared exclusively by Sri Vaishnava Brahmins in Tirumala for several decades now.
"The news which is going viral is absolutely fake and intentioned to malign the reputation of Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams," an official of TTD said and warned that they will lodge a criminal case against those spreading the fabricated news.