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Tirumala Temple sets record with Rs 10 crore donation received in a single day

Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh received a record Rs 10 crore in cash donations today. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) officials said it was a record for a single day collection at the temple. Cash donations of Rs 10 crores were made by individuals as well as private companies. This is apart from regular cash donations in the “hundi” made by devotees which are not yet counted for today. Officials said donations had increased in recent days due to an increase in the number of devotees arriving in large numbers from neighboring Tamil Nadu, particularly Tirunelveli.

Gopal Bala Krishnan of Tirunelveli of Tamil Nadu donated Rs sevem crores with one crore each to Sri Venkateswara Pranadana Trust; Sri Venkateswara Gosamrakshana Trust; Balaji Institute for Research in Surgery and Rehabilitation for the Disabled (BIRRD); Sri Venkateswara Veda Parirakshana Trust; Sri Venkateswara Anna Prasadam Foundation; Sri Venkateswara Sarva Sreyas Trust; and Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC).

Tirunelveli based A-Star Testing and Inspection Pvt Ltd donated one crore rupees to Sri Venkateswara Vidyadana Trust while Balakrishna Fuel Station also of Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu donated one crore rupees to Sri Venkateswara Alayala Nirmanam Trust. Seahub Inspection Services, based in Tamil Nadu, has donated one crore of rupees to the Sri Venkateswara Heritage Preservation Trust of TTD. The donors delivered the drafts upon request to TTD’s Managing Director, AV Dharma Reddy. Officials said devotees visiting the temple after the pandemic were making generous donations.

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As the number of pilgrims visiting the famous temple has increased in recent months after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, on June 4, 90,165 pilgrims visited the temple. The donations received that day were Rs 4.18 crores. On June 5, the temple received 78,188 pilgrims and a cash donation of Rs 3.94 crores.

The TTD announced today that it is soliciting visitor suggestions and complaints through a live phone call into the programme. The “Dial Your Executive Officer” will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on June 10. “Pilgrims who may have encountered problems while visiting the temple can call and chat with the EO,” an official said.

The TTD will also resume “Kalyanamastu” – a hugely popular free community weddings program held in all district headquarters – program from August 7. The program allows families from social and economic backgrounds to celebrate the marriage of their children under the mass marriage program without too much financial burden. The program for the poor used to take place every 3-4 months but was stopped in 2009.

TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy said eligible bride and groom should register their names with the relevant District Collector, Revenue Development Officer or Tehsildar offices.