TIRUPATI: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) trust board, which manages the affairs of sacred abode of Lord Venkateswara, has decided to stick to tradition and not deviate from the practice of Vaikunta Dwara darshan for two days on Vaikunta Ekadasi and Vaikunta Dwadasi, said Y.V. Subba Reddy, chairman, TTD Trust Board.
After an emergency meeting of the trust board held on Sunday evening, Subba Reddy announced that the board had decided to stick to status quo and there would be no change in Vaikunta Dwara darshan for devotees this year.
The board decision came in wake of a public interest litigation, which was filed by one Tallapaka Raghavan of Tirupati in the Andhra Pradesh High Court, seeking the court’s direction to the TTD to organize Vaikunta Ekadasi festivities for a period of 10 days. “The high court directed the TTD to convene a meeting and announce its decision. Following the High Court order, we have convened a meeting and unanimously decided not to deviate from traditional practices. The Vaikunta Ekadasi festivities would be organised as they used to be during previous years,” Reddy said.
The chairman also said that the board had decided to form a committee under the convenorship of A.V. Dharma Reddy, AEO, to soon take a final stand on the issue in view of the High Court directive.