Almost 75 days after restraining the devotees from Lord Venkateshwara’s Dharshan in the wake of lockdown, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam(TTD), the governing body of the holy abode decided to open the doors from June 11. In the line of the recent orders issued by the special chief secretary (endowments) JSV Prasad, TTD will conduct trial runs with its employees maintaining physical distancing.
However, nothing would remain the same in the premises of country’s richest temple. Including the social distancing norm, TTD will also be limiting the number of devotees from June 11th. Speaking over the same, TTD Trust Board chairman YV Subba Reddy said-“trial runs will be conducted on June 8 and 9 with TTD employees, security staff, and Trust Board members to check the feasibility of set norms.”
Allowing devotees who book slots through online is another norm laid. However, people from rural areas and those who are unable to book online, an online registration centre will be opened at Alipiri. Other guidelines include a compulsory face mask, sanitising hands for every 30 mins with the support of automatic sanitising machines and importantly devotees should maintain a gap of 5-6 feet between each other.
For all the devotees who reach Tirumala through Alipiri steps way, TTD staff will conduct tests at the entrance while the ones who were found with symptoms will not be allowed. The decision over VIP darshans os yet to be taken. On this note, Subba Reddy also appealed to people from containment zones not to visit Tirumala.