Ahead of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan’s Tirumala visit to offer silk clothes to Lord Venkateswara on the occasion of Brahmostavalu, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam(TTD) on Saturday dropped a piece of news hinting yet another political storm in the state.
Tweaking the decade-old norm set by the temple authorities, TTD Chairman Y V Subba Reddy announced that ‘signing declaration’ norm for those belonging to various faiths other than Hinduism is no longer a mandate.
“Faith in Lord Venkateswara is what matters. There is no need for any person to sign a declaration in Tirumala. Anyone even if he is from the other religion can visit Tirumala and have Darshan,” stated Subba Reddy speaking to the press.
Refuting the rumours over evangelism in Tirumala, the TTD chairman also lashed out the accusations made by oppositions that TTD funds are being used for non-religious activities.
Meanwhile, the move drew sharp criticism from various Hindu outfits and oppositions with the decision taken close on the heels of various attacks on Hindu temples across the state. Many leaders recollected the controversy spared by Jagan while he refused to sign the declaration form before he went for Dharshan.