TTD to stop darshan for pilgrims from March 20 says EO

In an attempt to stop the spreading if the deadly COVID-19 virus, TTD has decided to stall Srivari darshan with effect from March 20th from 12 noon onwards for pilgrims. However all the daily Kainkaryams will be performed to the main deity by Archakas as usual, said TTD EO Sri Anil Kumar Singhal.

Addressing media persons at Annamaiah Bhavan at Tirumala on Thursday evening along with Additional EO Sri AV Dharma Reddy, CVSO Sri Gopinath Jatti, Tirupati Urban SP Sri Ramesh Reddy he said, TTD will allow pilgrims with Time slot tokens, VIP break darshan tickets and Friday Arjitha Sevas for darshan which were already issued on Thursday till 12 noon of Friday, on March 20.

TTD decision to stop Srivari darshan is for a period of seven days for now is under the directives from State Government in view of a COVID 19 suspect who visited Tirumala on March 18.

He said TTD board chairman will review all decisions depending on fresh guidelines from State and central Governments after seven days.

Temporarily other TTD local temples like Sri Padmavati Ammavari Temple at Tiruchanoor, Sri Govinda Raja Swamy Temple and others also will be closed. Even the Brahmotsavams in Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple at Tirupati will be conducted in side in a low profile. While we have already cancelled mass Sita Rama Kalyanam at Vontimitta on April 7, he mentioned.