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Brahmotsavams fetch TTD Rs. 13.15 crores

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUMALA, OCT. 23. The famous Hill temple of Lord Venkateswara, Tirumala, recorded a whopping income of Rs. 13.15 crores in the two Brahmotsavams that were observed this year.

While the first nine-day annual Brahmotsavam was conducted from September 16 to 24, the second Navarathri Brahmotsavam was observed from October 14 to 22.

Briefing media persons, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Executive Officer, Ajeya Kallam, said a major chunk of the income was derived through the temple `Hundi', which alone netted a staggering Rs. 8.40 crores.

While the income derived by way of sale of darshan tickets was Rs. 2.44 crores, the proceeds received by way of sale of laddu was Rs. 1.61 crores.

Besides, the income received by way of collecting rent for cottages and guesthouses was put around Rs. 69.84 lakhs.

Over 7.18-lakh devotees had the darshan of Lord, during both the Brahmotsavams and about 3.26-lakh devotees got their heads tonsured.

Free meals

While the TTD provided free meals to over 5.44-lakh devotees under its Nitya annadanam scheme, about 2.60-lakh free food packets were distributed among devotees waiting in the darshan queue.

The temple had netted a record income of Rs. 6.78 crores during the Navarathri Brahmotsavam, which concluded on Friday.

The temple income was higher by Rs. 2.48 crores than that of the Navarathri festival in 2001 -- when the hill temple had witnessed two Brahmotsavams.

The APSRTC on its part organised 15,847 trips on the ghat roads and had transported a record 4.27-lakh pilgrims during both the festivals.

Mr. Kallam thanked all the personnel of various departments for the success of the two Brahmotsavams.

He said even devotees were satisfied with the way the Brahmotsavams were conducted.

The giant-sized digital screen installed in front of the vast vacant site, in front of the temple complex drew appreciation from all quarters.

Thousands of pilgrims who squatted conveniently in front of the digital screen witnessed the various processions of the Lord.

This contributed in averting any untoward incidents during the processions, he said, adding that if every thing goes well, the TTD would on its own purchase digital screens by next Brahmotsavams.

The TTD Chief Security and Vigilance Officer, Bala Krishna, and the Special Officer, A. V. Dharma Reddy, were present.

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