HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The pilgrims will have to conduct the Covid test three days before the darshan or carry the double vaccine certificate
  • · 8000 Special Entry Darshan tickets and Slotted Sarva Darshan tokens are to be released online by the temple authorities respectively on September 24 and 25
  • · Temple authorities to stop issuance of online tokens from September 26

On Thursday, the imperativeness of Covid negative reports of vaccine certificates for the pilgrims visiting the Tirumala was announced by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). From October 1, only pilgrims with Covid negative reports or the proof of a second dose of the Covid vaccine will be allowed to proceed for the darshan.

The announcement was made by the chairman of the TTD trust board Mr. YV Subba Reddy. According to him, devotees with the Special Entry Tickets costing Rs.300, or the Sarva Darshan tokens which are to be released from September 25, have to essentially carry the vaccination certificate of the second dose or a test report confirming that they are Covid negative. The test is to be conducted three days before the darshan.

The Covid regulations which were set by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are being strictly followed by the temple authorities and the TTD chairman has asked the devotees to comply with the guidelines.

Mr. Reddy says, 8000 Special Entry Darshan tickets costing Rs.300 are to be released online on September 24 at 9 am. In accordance with it, on September 25 at 9 am, 8000 Slotted Sarva Darshan tokens will be released online, for the period of September 26 to October 31.

The temple authorities are to halt offline issuance of the Sarva Darshan tokens from September 26, says the chairman. According to Mr. Reddy, “as the overcrowding at SSD token-issuing centers had allegedly become a source of the spread of pandemic Covid during the second wave, the TTD has taken this decision.”

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