TIRUMALA: With the spike in Covid-19 instances, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has determined to droop the issuance of Sarva Darshan tokens at Tirupati from April 12. Sarva Darshan tokens will solely be issued until Sunday night. Chittoor is among the 5 Covid hotspot districts within the State and it’s witnessing a surge in day by day depend. On Wednesday, Chittoor recorded 296 new infections and its cumulative Covid tally crossed the 91,000-mark. Of the day by day depend of 296 within the district, 120 instances had been reported in Tirupati city and 48 instances in Tirupati rural mandals.
As 1000’s of pilgrims congregate at Bhudevi Complex and Vishnu Nivasam for Sarva Darshan tokens, there’s a each chance of surge in Covid instances. Hence, the TTD has determined to droop issuance of tokens from Monday. The TTD mentioned it would formally announce resumption of darshan tokens’ issue as soon as the Covid surge subsides.
After Tirumala temple opened on June 9 final 12 months submit lockdown, the TTD began issuing about 3,000 Sarva Darshan tokens a day. It elevated the variety of tokens to 22,000 throughout week days and to 24,000 on weekends in March. However, the TTD had diminished the variety of tokens to fifteen,000 from April 1 with the spike in Covid instances.
TTD appoints Mukhya Archakas
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Wednesday issued recent orders appointing Archakas, who will serve the presiding deity in Sri Venkateswara temple. The Deputy Executive Officer of Tirumala temple issued the orders creating hierarchical positions such Chief Priest, Mukhya Archaka and Archaka. The TTD appointed 4 from the hereditary households — Gopinath Deekshitulu of Gollapalli household, Rajesh Deekshitulu of Paidipalli household, Ravi Chandra Deekshitulu of Peddinti household and Narayana Deekshitulu of Tirupatamma household — as Mukhya Archakas. The appointments had been made to fill the Mukhya Archaka vacancies as per GO Ms N0 855 of 1989, Deputy EO Harindranath mentioned. AV Ramana Deekshitulu would be the Chief Priest of Tirumala temple.