After receiving a roll of flak from the past 6 months over privileged access for darshan, non-Hindu religious activities and foreign donations, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) tumbled to yet another controversy. This time it was one of the trust board members Krishnamoorthy Vaithiyanathan who set off a new controversy around the esteemed trust which manages the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala. Board member Krishnamoorthy Vaithiyanathan reportedly engaged around 60 priests from different parts of India to conduct a homam on Friday. The ‘Rudra Japa Homam’ was held at Kapila Teertham temple which was alleged to have some TTD’s ritwiks involved. Besides having a strict rule that no private persons are allowed to conduct homams in any of the temples administered by the body, a board member himself organising a private homam stirred new controversy.
Sources revealed that the homam was held on the eve of shashti poorthi, the 60th birthday of Krishnamoorthy’s in-law. It was also reported that the temple was sealed off from the public, preventing the entry of regular devotees throughout the duration of the homam, with Vaithiyanathan and his family enjoying exclusive access to the inner temple premises. While the Deputy EO Subramanyam was probed by the media regarding the same, he stated that due procedures were followed in carrying out the homam and denied any lapse.