Did Y S Jagan violate the sanctity of Tirumala. Facts now clearly indicate that he did so by not signing an affidavit and a register meant for non-Hindus at the temple of Lord Venkateswara during his recent visit to the temple .
In what could be a face-saving move, the Tirumala Tirupati Devathanams (TTD) on Thursday made it clear that non-Hindus intending to have darshan of Lord Venkateswara must sign the mandatory form declaring their faith in the Lord. In the wake of recent allegations that the TTD was not protecting the Hindu dharma, this announcement came as a ray of hope for Hindu prachara dharma activists.
As per GO No.311 of the Endowments Act and rule no 136 of TTD, signing the declaration form is a must for non-Hindu pilgrims. "The declaration forms are available in the peshkar office, joint executive officer (JEO) and enquiry offices. If a non-Hindu is found to be violating this rule he or she will not be allowed to have darshan," JEO Srinivasa Raju said.
Though the rule has been in force for a long time, the devasthanams has not implemented it strictly. YSR Congress party president Jaganmohan Reddy created a flutter some months ago when he had darshan of Lord Balaji without signing the declaration form. Hindu dharma activists and several political leaders came down heavily on the TTD for failing to extract the signature from Jagan on the form.
The TTD was under cloud recently when three of its employees were caught by the vigilance officials for indulging in proselytisation activities atop the hill. "The mandatory signature process will not help much as it's very difficult to indentify non-Hindus among the many lakhs of devotees who throng the temple. But in case of non-Hindu VIP devotees it does help to maintain the sanctity of the temple," Kamalakar Swami of Tirumala temple protection samithi said.
Jagan and his gang of VIPs led by former TTD chairman Bhumana had seized the temple and disturbed the temple rituals and proceedings for sake of Jagan throwing traditions and regulations to winds. Even the Election commission had issued notices to him in the process.
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