State government plans to tag darshan ticket with Aadhaar for Tirumala darshan

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

With a view to restrict and streamlining the darshans to Lord Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala, the State government is planning to tag the darshan ticket with Aadhar to identify the frequent visitors.

The move is to ensure that first time visitors in a given year will get priority and change for early darshan compared to frequent visitors said the Minister for Endowments Payidikondala Manikyala Rao.

The Minister speaking to press at the Secretariat today said that technology would be used in streamlining the darshan pattern since some influential devotees were visiting the holy shrine very frequently leaving the common may at bay. This results in the common man to return back without having darshan of Lord Venkateswara Swamy. The Minister said that the government has not taken any decision on this issue.

On Divya Darshan scheme, he said 50,000 devotees got a chance to visit all temples in the State. The devotees were provided free darshan at those temples. The government intends to scale up the facility to 1.5 lakh devotees this year. The system being followed in Tirumala would replicated in all major temples and the devotees would be given time slot for darshan.

The Minister said that Endowments department name in Telugu was misleading and the government has decided to change Telugu nomenclature of Endowments department as “ Devadaaya Dharmadaaya saka” . The name gives an impression that the revenue of the God, revenue of charity which was not correct spirit of the department, he added.

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