Lord Venkateswara ornaments to be insured

Tirupati: All new and ancient ornaments of dieties at the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala near here and ornaments of other temples run by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams will soon come under insurance cover.

"The TTD Board has discussed this in detail and decided to insure the sacred ornaments at the earliest," TTD chairman Adikesavulu Naidu told reporters here.

The Board has asked TTD administrative wing to take steps and hold talks with well known insurance companies who come forward with a low premium quote, he added.

The TTD, which manages the hill temple, has been facing allegations over sale of temple rituals tickets and missing of some antique valued ornaments gifted by some kings to the Tirumala temple centuries ago.