Eclipse: Tirumala temple to remain closed for 8 hours

Tirupati: Due to a partial lunar eclipse that will occur during the intervening night of October 28 and 29, the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala will be closed for a short while. The temple will reopen on October 29 after a brief closure that lasted for about eight hours.

On October 29, from 1.05 am to 2.22 am, a partial lunar eclipse known as ‘Chandra Grahanam’ is expected to take place. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) have made the decision to close the temple doors on October 28 at 7:05 p.m. in order to ensure that the grounds stay unaltered during the eclipse.

The temple doors will reopen on October 29 at 3.15 am, following the traditional Suddhi and Suprabhata seva at Ekantam, once the eclipse is over. This scheduled shutdown is a continuation of a long-standing custom that preserves the temple's holiness by keeping it closed during eclipses.

Sahasra Deepalankara Seva is cancelled for today due to the temple's temporary closure, according to TTD. Furthermore, darshan for the elderly and those with disabilities is cancelled. On October 28, at 6 p.m., the distribution of Annaprasadam would likewise cease at all locations in Tirumala. It is recommended that devotees pay attention to these schedule modifications and make the required preparations to guarantee their comfort during this time.

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