TTD will stick to 2-day Vaikunta Ekadasi festival: YV Subba Reddy | Amaravati News

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TIRUPATI: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams trust board which administers the affairs of the ancient abode of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala has decided to stick to the traditions and not deviate from them by resolving to observe Vaikunta Ekadasi festivities for two days as per the set conventions for several years now.
Speaking to reporters after the emergency trust board meeting held at Tirumala on Sunday, TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy said the TTD trust board had to convene an emergency meeting following the Andhra Pradesh high court’s direction to arrive at a conclusive decision over extending Vaikunta Ekadasi festivities for a period of 10 days.
”A public interest litigation was filed in the high court seeking the court’s direction to the TTD to organize Vaikunta Ekadasi festivities for a period of 10 days. The court had directed the TTD to convene a meeting and announce its decision. Today we have met following the high court order and have unanimously decided not to deviate from the set traditional practices. The Vaikunta Ekadasi festivities would be organized as they used to be during the previous years”, declared YV Subba Reddy.
Answering a question if the TTD trust board would consider organizing Vaikunta Ekadasi festivities for a period of 10 days instead of 2 days from next year, TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy said the trust board decided to form a select committee headed by additional EO AV Dharma Reddy to look into the feasibility of extending Vaikunta Ekadasi festivities for a period of 10 days.
”The select committee would hold consultations with all the stake holders including the Agama advisory committee, the pontiffs of various maths across the country and would place its recommendations before the TTD trust board which eventually would decide on the possibility of extending the Vaikunta Ekadasi festivities for a period of 10 days from next year”, clarified the TTD chairman.
TTD to launch ”One free laddu for all devotees” scheme from Jan 20
Meanwhile, YV Subba Reddy who extended new year greetings to all the devotees of Lord Venkateswara worldwide, officially declared TTD’s new year gift to the devotees and said the temple administration would launch the ”One free laddu for all devotees” scheme on January 20.
”Until now TTD has been issuing one free laddu to the devotees trekking along the pedestrian routes leading to Tirumala only. But from January 20, TTD would provide one free Tirupati laddu to every single devotee on a pilgrimage to Tirumala. Every single devotee who completes the darshan at the Tirumala temple will be provided one Tirupati laddu weighing 175 grams free of cost”, asserted the TTD chairman.
TTD chairman clarified that in addition to the free laddu which will be provided by the temple administration, the devotees can procure additional quantities of laddus at the laddu counters directly without the need for any recommendation letters.
TTD trust board’s decision is seen as a master stroke and a win-win situation for all, because of the fact that despite providing one free laddu to every single devotee on a pilgrimage to the Tirumala temple, the temple administration will be in a position to offload the losses to the tune of Rs.250 crore annually because the temple administration has decided to do away with the losses being incurred by it because of providing laddu at subsidized prices to devotees at differential rates until now.


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