TIRUMALA: In a major relief to the devotees reaching Tirumala on ‘foot’, the TTD has decided to continue with the issuance of ‘Divya darshan’ tokens round the year with an exception on some important and festive days. In an innovative step, it has also introduced ‘time slot’ system for the darshan for them from Monday.The priority being provided to the Divya darshan holders has led to disgruntlement among a section of devotees.
To strike a balance among diverse sections of devotees, the management on an experimental basis on June 25 had decided to suspend the issuance of darshan tokens during the weekends.
But interestingly during the entire three-week assessment period, the TTD was flooded with mails requesting it to drop the proposal.Respecting the sentiments of the devotees, the management has resolved to issue 20,000 tokens all through the year.
The ‘time slot’ system will facilitate them report for the darshan at the appropriate time as mentioned on the tokens so that the pilgrims need not spend gruelling hours in the lines.