For nearly two months now, devotees haven’t been in a position to pay obeisance on the Lord Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district because of the nationwide lockdown.
However that hasn’t stopped the devotees from donating cash to the deity by digital switch.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) belief board chairman Y V Subba Reddy instructed reporters on Wednesday that regardless of the closure for darshans for such a protracted interval, for the primary time in its historical past, the temple had collected Rs 1.97 crore in April 2020 by “digital hundi’ (e-hundi), a system to switch money providing to the deity by digital strategies.
“This was Rs 18 lakh greater than the e-hundi collections made in the identical month final 12 months – the temple obtained Rs 1.79 crore in April 2019,” Reddy stated.
The idea of e-Hundi was began by the TTD in January 2014 with the help of nationalised banks to allow devotees belonging to far-off locations to make money providing to Lord Venkateswara by digital switch strategies together with cell functions like e-wallet, Paytm or Google Pay and so on., with out visiting the temple.
The temple maintains a separate account for e-hundi for which no service cost is collected. This facility can also be obtainable at Shirdi Sai Samsthan in Shirdi, Maharashtra and Siddhi Vinayak temple (Mumbai).
Subba Reddy stated it was heartening to notice that regardless of the lockdown restrictions, the devotees have been generously providing cash by e-hundi and displaying their devotion although they didn’t get to see the Lord for over 60 days as of now.
He stated in view of the large response to the e-hundi from devotees, the TTD had determined to renew sale of the well-known “Laddu Prasadam of Tirumala” in two or three days at a reduction of 50%.
“As an alternative of the common worth of Rs 50 per laddu weighing 175 grams, it’ll now be offered at Rs 25 per laddu. This low cost will proceed until the darshan of the Lord resumes after the lifting of lockdown,” he stated.
The sale of laddu can be finished in any respect TTD Kalyana Mandapams (Marriage ceremony halls) and knowledge centres current in all 13 district headquarters in Andhra Pradesh, aside from these at Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru state shortly”, he stated.
Stating that there was nonetheless uncertainty over resumption of the darshan of Lord Venkateshwara, the TTD chairman it might depend upon the central authorities’s determination to carry the lockdown. “Now we have been receiving a number of calls and mails from the devotees commonly on reopening of the temple for darshan, however we are able to’t take a choice till the Centre decides on the lockdown,” he stated.
Reddy refuted the studies that the TTD was dealing with such a extreme money crunch that it had no cash to keep up the temple administration and in addition pay employees salaries.
“There isn’t a shortage of funds and there is not going to be any drawback to pay salaries and pensions to our staff as nicely for upkeep. Now we have paid salaries to the workers for March and April and have the funds for to pay Might salaries as nicely,” he asserted.