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Tirupati Balaji Temple: The richest temple with no values

19 Feb

Tirupati Balaji temple in Tirumala

Located in the hills of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh, the Balaji temple in Tirumala, most popularly known as Tirupati Balaji is the richest temple of India in terms of revenues. Just to give our readers an idea about the mindboggling collection of this temple, on April 1, 2012 the collection of Hundi (offering box) amounted to Rs 5.73 crores/1.05 million USD. Temple’s yearly revenue is somewhere around Rs 2000 crores per year. That’s a lot of money for a country where 80% of the population barely ears $1 a day. The Balaji temple is governed by TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) trust which manages the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple and oversees the operations and finances of the richest and the most visited religious centre in the world. TTD trust is also involved in various social, religious, literary and educational activities within Andhra Pradesh and India. It runs various degree colleges, junior colleges and high schools for boys and girls, in and around Tirupati. Going by amount of revenue earned by the temple, one would expect the temple to be maintained by people who really care for the thousands of devotees who pour in huge numbers each day just to get the glimpse of their respected lord Balaji, well that’s not the case at all. Here is an incident as reported by one of the devotees who visited Balaji temple for darshan on Feb 17, 2013, the day which is celebrated as ‘Ratha sapthami’ festival.

The devotee started his darshan journey around 8:00 AM in the morning from Tirupati bus stand, the bus ticket counter for the tickets to Tirumal (where the temple is situated) was crowded with people literally fighting their way to buy the tickets, no arrangements were made by the TTD to ease the process of buying bus tickets to the lords’ place. After buying the tickets, to get a place in the bus was another horrifying story, the devotee had to virtually fight it out with fellow devotees to get a place in the bus to Tirumala. Anyways the devotee finally reached the temple premises around 9:00 AM and immediately joined the long waiting darshan queue, after a long wait and snail pace through the co-called Vaikuntam Queue Complex which leads to the main temple, the devotee finally got the darshan around 4:30 PM in the evening. The temple was decorated with flowers and stuff but no arrangements had been made to ease down the waiting time for the devotees. The sad part of the story was the way the TTD security people were treating the devotees, the devotees were literally kicked by the security guys after they reached the God’s place, after waiting for six hours in the queue the devotees were not expected to even spend three seconds in front of the God, ones who dared to bow in front of the God for a second or so were pushed and thrashed by the TTD security people.

The famous Laddu Prasad line was nearly a 2 km long queue with no security officials to manage the chaos happening in the queue, people were smacking the fellow devotees who tried to barge in the line. The temple’s surrounding area was barricaded for processions of Ratha sapthami festival celebrations. Our devotee in question, after collecting the Laddus, while trying to make his way out of the temple area unknowingly entered in the area where he was humiliated and abused by the TTD security person. The devotee politely asked the security guy a way out or the way to exit the premises, but the security person in return simply humiliated and abused him for walking down in the wrong area, the security guy apart from the abusive words didn’t tell him the way out of the premises and the devotee had to actually find it out himself the way out.

It’s kind of shame that TTD even after having out of the world income from devotees donation is least bothered about the people who visit their temple, they know that whatever happens or however they treat the people, people will visit the temple for the sake of God. It’s a shame that our country’s governance takes the common people for a ride; TTD who runs so many education institutes can’t even educate their own security personals on how to treat its pilgrims. We sincerely request the people of India that do not visit Tirupati Balaji’s temple more than once a year for this temple is handled by rude authorities who in the process of taking care of God have themselves become God. It’s about time that the temple caretakers like TTD should understand the value of common people of the country who are the only reason behind their income and success of the temple. Do remember that Lord Balaji will always help the good souls, so just be good and don’t worry about the temple visits.

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