TTD Executive Officer D. Sambasiva Rao on Friday categorically stated that the online accessibility of darsan tickets has resulted in attracting more number of pilgrims from the north and eastern States of the country if the statistics are of any indication. Anchoring the 'Dial TTD EO' programme at Annamaiah Bhavan Mr. Rao made the statement when he received calls from other States like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka.
When a participant Mr. Satish urged him to look into the feasibility of conducting Srinivasa Kalyanam in Gujarat which has a populace of over five lakh Telugu speaking people, Mr. Rao said that the management was ready to do so subject to the terms and conditions in case of any sponsors coming forward to bear the expenses. In reply to a question, he said that the TTD was resolved to enhance the facilities at its SV Ayurveda College at Tirupati including the setting-up of Jala Prasadam for providing RO water to the patients and maintenance of hygiene.
He also assured a caller to improve the brightness inside the sanctum sanctorum at the Tirumala temple when the latter invited his attention to the dim light being emitted by the ghee-lit lamps. In the same vein he also said that he would explore the practicability of providing laddu tokens to the specially challenged devotees at their positions in the darsan lines.
Language barrier: - Banking on the opportunity, Dr. Rao also appealed to all the like-minded spiritual personalities to train and send people (from north and eastern States) willing to voluntarily participate in the Srivari seva at Tirumala as it would to a large extent help the management overcome the language barrier and serve the devout in a more better way.
Later briefing the media persons, he said that the management would soon take up the reconstruction of the thousand-pillar mandapam and would also extend the facility of online booking of marriages at the TTDs Purohit sangham. The donors will be kept informed with regard to the revenue derived from their cottages by way of an SMS he said.