Tirumala temple to reopen for darshan from June 8

Prime News, National (Tirupati, June 5:- After a two-month COVID-19 lockdown ban on devotees” entry, darshan at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala will begin again from June 8, with a trial run for the first three days.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the world”s richest temple, announced on Friday that only its employees will be allowed to have darshan on June 8 and 9 while local devotees will be permitted on June 10.

The temple will be thrown open for darshan by other devotees on June 11 but with a number of restrictions to avoid overcrowding and ensure social distancing to check the spread of coronavirus.

TTD Trust Board chairman Y. V. Subba Reddy told a news conference that initially only 6,000 to 7,000 devotees would be allowed per day against 60,000 to 70,000 who throng the hill shrine on normal days. About 500 devotees will be accommodated per hour.

He announced that darshan will commence at 6.30 a.m. and end at 7.30 p.m.

People above 65 years and children below 10 years will not be allowed into Tirupati Balaji, as the temple is popularly called. There will also be no entry for people coming from containment zones.

TTD Executive Officer A. K. Singhal said 3,000 darshan tickets will be sold online every day. Such devotees will be screened at Alipiri, the starting point of the hill route. Online tickets for the entire month of June will be sold on June 8.

Another 3,000 offline tickets will be issued at the counters at Alipiri checkpoint every day.

The official said every devotee will be subjected to thermal checking and some would be picked for random Covid-19 tests. It is mandatory for all devotees to wear face masks and maintain six-feet physical distance from each other. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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