Tirumala/Tirupati: In a significant move, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD ) Board Saturday (December 28) cleared proposals to construct Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Jammu and Kashmir and also in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
In the TTD Board meeting which was held at Annamayya Bhavan in Tirumala, Chairman of the board YV Subba Reddy made the announcement. "Both the governments of Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh gave us proposals requesting to construct Lord's temple wherein appropriate lands will be provided by the respective states,'' the chairman said.
The revenue and offerings (Hundi) estimates have also been revised during the meeting. While the estimated budget for the financial year 2019-20 was Rs 3116.25 crores, the revised estimate stood at Rs 3,243.19 crores. The revenue through Srivari Hundi (offerings - daan peti) was estimated at Rs 1231 crores, the revised estimate is pegged at Rs 1285 crores. Similarly, revenue through prasadam receipts is recorded at Rs 330 crores as against the estimated amount of Rs 270 crores.
In yet another important development, perhaps for the first time in the history of TTD, the Board resolved to file a criminal defamation suit against a local paper for Rs 100 crore for publishing "false news''.
"We have also decided to file a criminal defamation suit against a Telugu Daily which affected the sentiments of millions of devotees,'' said YV Subba Reddy adding, "A new cyber security wing will be added to TTD which will check false propaganda in social media platforms.''
(With inputs from DM Seshagiri)