Heavy pilgrim rush leads to chaos at Tirumala ahead of Vaikunta Ekadasi | Amaravati News – Times of India

Heavy pilgrim rush leads to chaos at Tirumala ahead of Vaikunta Ekadasi | Amaravati News - Times of India

Tirupati: Scenes of outrage and chaos erupted at the holy place due to the heavy influx of pilgrims. Lord Venkateswaraone day ahead Vaikanta Ekadasi In the festival Tirumala on Friday.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam announced the suspension of the issuance of slotted Sarva Darshan tokens on Friday, and directed devotees to queue up directly throughout the day.
Also, the Tirupati Trust made a parallel announcement saying that only devotees with a valid darshan ticket would be allowed to visit Tirumala during the 10-day Vaikanta Ekadasi festival between December 23 and January 1.
Based on the TTD announcement, when hundreds of devotees reached Tirumala and tried to enter the queue lines and compartments of the Vaikantham cave complex, they were stopped by the local police and police. TTD Vigilance and security staff on the pretext that queue lines and compartments were already full.
Several devotees clashed with TTD staff and chaos prevailed for a long time near ATC Circle and other places in Tirumala on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, TTD on Friday started issuing more than 4 lakh Vaikanta Ekadasi 10-day slot darshan tokens to devotees at over 90 counters at nine different locations in Tirupati.
Queues of snakes were seen at almost all the counters throughout the day.
Amid complaints that certain elements were forcing counter staff to issue darshan tokens without the mandatory face photograph of devotees, TTD sources warned of strict action against such irregularities.
According to TTD sources, around 1.75 lakh darshan tokens had been issued to devotees till 6 pm on Friday and booking of darshan slots was on from December 27.

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