‘Decision on aid to temples not taken'

Published: 06th August 2012 10:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th August 2012 10:11 AM   |  A+A-

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams board chairman Kanumuri Bapiraju has said that the state government and TTD together are yet to take a decision on providing financial aid towards 'dhoopa deepa naivdeyam' at temples in rural areas .

The TTD chairman on Sunday inaugurated a floor built newly in TTD kalyana mandapam in Dubbak constituency.

A reporter reminded Bapiraju about the TTD's earlier announcement that it would provide aid to rural temples where sacred rituals were being neglected and the chairman responded in the above manner.

He said that the TTD, initially, thought of closing down the kalyana mandapam in Dubbak. "But we have revived it following an appeal by local MLA Cheraku Mutyam Reddy.

The new floor has been built at a cost of Rs 60 lakh," he said.

The TTD chairman said that they would launch a campaign that all newlymarried couples should compulsorily perform Satyanarayana vratam. "Mass Satyanarayana vratams are being performed in TTD kalyana mandapam to promote the idea," he said.

As many as 108 couples performed Satyanarayana Vratam in Dubbak kalyana mandapam this morning, he said. He said he never lobbied for any posts since the day he entered politics.

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