The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has revoked its earlier decision to disallow darshan during the Maha Samprokshanam from August 11 to 16.
TTD EO Anil Kumar Singhal and TTD Trust Board Chairman Putta Sudhakar Yadav said that the decision had been taken under the instructions of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Elaborating further, the EO said, "After thoroughly reviewing the situation, the CM has directed us to ensure that there is no constraint to the rituals or inconvenience to the pilgrims during this period. Now the decision is open to pilgrims. We will go with the opinion of the pilgrims on the mode of darshan - whether to allot tickets online or to provide darshan on first-come-first-served basis based on the availability of time. We will receive feedback from the pilgrims till July 23 since the board meeting is on July 24. A final call on how to provide darshan will be taken in the board meeting."
He added, "Our earlier decision to disallow darshan from August 11 to 16 was also in the larger interests of the pilgrims as we would be able to allot hardly 30 hours for darshan during the six-day period of religious ceremonies. During those days we would be able to provide darshan to less than 15,000 pilgrims a day in the available time. Our main aim behind the previous decision was to avoid inconvenience and hardship to the pilgrims."