Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y
S Rajasekhara Reddy today directed the Tirumala Tirupati
Devasthanams to stop the practice of `VIP darshan` and ensure
smooth darshan of Lord Venkateswara for common pilgrims.
In a brief review of TTD affairs at the Secretariat
here today, the Chief Minister asked the TTD Board to take
decisions in such a way that it would not affect the religious
sentiments of the people.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Endowments
Minister Gade Venkata Reddy and TTD chairman D A Adikesavulu
Naidu said, "The Chief Minister wanted us to ensure that more
pilgrims get a smooth darshan of the Lord in a shorter
duration. For this, he wanted the `VIP darshan` strictly
Tirumala, abode of Lord Venkateswara, receives on an
average 50,000 pilgrims per day and the rush peaks to over one
lakh pilgrims during special festivals. With many people
opting for VIP darshan, as a shortcut to avoid long hours of
waiting, ordinary pilgrims were facing untold hardship in
having a smooth darshan of the Lord.
This has invited lot of criticism from various
quarters and recently steps have been taken to strictly
enforce rules to curb the practice of `VIP darshan`.