Tirumala head priest Ramana Dikshitulu alleges irregularities in TTD governance

Dikshitulu made startling allegations of impropriety, corruption and lack of commitment among TTD administrators in upholding ethos and sanctity of the Tirumala temple.

Published: 16th May 2018 05:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2018 10:07 AM   |  A+A-

TTD head priest AV Ramana Dikshitulu, centre, addressing press conference in Chennai. (EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: It's full-blown war between archakas and administrators of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), one of the richest temple trusts in the world. The man leading the charge is Tirumala head priest AV Ramana Dikshitulu.

In a no-holds-barred press conference in Chennai on Tuesday, Dikshitulu made startling allegations of impropriety, corruption and lack of commitment among TTD administrators in upholding ethos and sanctity of the Tirumala temple. He raised suspicion of temple funds being diverted and some of the priceless ancient jewellery misappropriated.

“It’s unfortunate that we (hereditary priests), who for generations dedicated ourselves to temple service, are so helpless today. Until 1996, we were custodians of the Lord’s jewellery and maintained up-to-date records of the inventory. But, in the 22 years since Andhra government took over the reins, not once has the jewellery count been done. Of late, only the newer jewellery is given to adorn the Lord. What happened to the ancient ornaments? An open audit should be done. Digital records should be made for transparency,” he said.

He also demanded a high-level inquiry, such as a CBI probe, into how temple funds were being used. Dikshitulu claimed crores of rupees were being diverted. For instance, TDP MLC G Thippeswamy from Anantapur proposed construction of a group of temples at Gudimala village in Madakasira assembly segment and sought `10 crore in funding from the TTD, endorsed by Endowments Department. The proposal is likely to be discussed in the TTD Trust Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday. 

The head priest slammed the administration on issues such as VIP darshans, shortening of rituals and alleged commercialisation of the temple. “The authorities have no respect for traditions or practices as laid down by agamas (vedic scriptures defining traditions and rituals in the temple). This would result in devotees losing faith and lead to catastrophic incidents,” he warned. 

Representing 45-odd hereditary priests, Dikshitulu said their traditional privileges had been snatched and they were being put to a lot of hardship. He said detailed representations had been sent to the Prime Minister, President, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Andhra Governor. He asked the temple’s lakhs of devotees to agitate and protect the sanctity of the shrine. TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal, when contacted, refused to comment.

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  • BMMurthy

    Why should religious places be under the control of politicians. Those who are in no way have any attachment with religious affairs are made as chairmen of the Board only to appease and fulfill their crave for power and influence.The allegations against the mismanagement of TTD cannot be simply brushed aside by mere public statements.
    2 months ago reply
  • Sastry M

    we have so many people coming to India to study Vedas and Sanskrit
    2 months ago reply
  • Badri

    Mr Naidu don't play with Lord of Seven Hills. You have appointed Chritisians in TTD Board. You will be punished for this act. You people have already appointed chritisians and muslims as staff in TTD what a shame on you.
    2 months ago reply
  • KHOLAPUR PADMANABHAN

    Shameful to note this.Through investigation should be ordered by the Governer
    2 months ago reply
  • Narendra rana

    Govt has no business for running the temples
    2 months ago reply
    • Sastry M

      I totally agree with you sir. Government has to stay away from temples and other entities where it has no business. Wherever there is money the Government and politicians want to eat it. This is disgusting.
      2 months ago reply
  • Badri

    Mr Chandra Babu Naidu do not play your dirty games with Thiruvenkatamudiyan
    2 months ago reply
  • Deepthi

    we strongly support Ramanadhishitulu garu. The administration of the gov is completely in wrong way. not only brahmins it is an insult for hindhu dhram.
    2 months ago reply
  • Sridhar

    I was in TTD 2 days ago. 12 hrs waiting for 2 secs darshan
    2 months ago reply
  • Prasad

    It is a serious allegation which is to be investigated thro' CBI
    2 months ago reply
  • Lalit

    Needs thorough investigation .
    2 months ago reply
  • T P R P RAO

    It is pathetic. Let the C I probe. Let the guilty be punished. Let agama shastras and practices be upheld. Thanks.
    2 months ago reply
  • SuchindranathAiyerS

    The Deekshitalu (Deekshita: One who preserves and ensures Standards in one or more discipline of Karma and Dharma) Has risked all
    2 months ago reply
  • kondayya veeramreddy

    I felt lot of pain after hearing this news and an old saying crept in my mind that the most dangerous animal on the planet is non other than the human being. But one thing is sure those who cheat lord venkateswara will be punished accordingly.
    2 months ago reply
  • Milan

    Its shameful to knowing this news.
    2 months ago reply
  • Kris

    which is 90% corrupt govt in india? its babu government. He must go. very sad to hear about this bad administration having given a chance knowingly that babu's adminstration is always corrupt.
    2 months ago reply
    • anand vanga

      well said Brother
      2 months ago reply
  • K.R.Venkatnarayana

    Yes
    2 months ago reply
  • Parthasarathy

    This is not a new subject in india especially in almost all the Hindu Temples. Our ancestors were rendered
    2 months ago reply
  • manch

    When priests raised issue on WRONG interference by AP govt. "planted" officials
    2 months ago reply
  • Prof. Rajendra Pratap Gupta

    Put Babus everywhere and kill the ethics and institutions . IAS culture has to go from this country . Sooner the better
    2 months ago reply
  • M G Swaminathan

    The Chief Priest's allegations need a thorough investigation by the CBI.
    2 months ago reply
    • Jagannatham Yallapanthula

      Yes sir.The allegations are very serious and need a thorough Investigation by CBI.
      2 months ago reply
  • M G Swaminathan

    The Chief Priest's allegations need a thorough investigation by the CBI.
    2 months ago reply
  • Sanjeev

    It is high time a thorough audit is done lest another Tiruvanathapuram like situation not created. It
    3 months ago reply
  • V Gopalkrishnan

    They keep changing rules and recen many measures are unfriendly more tough to reserve for sevas and one has to keep watching for the date to book seva in a month and afterwards room reservation for that date opens later Senior citizen darshan was by direct entry twice a day and now it is made complicated by asking us to get tokens in morning only 700 for both slots put together all these are I friendly changes not improvements
    3 months ago reply
    • Sastry M

      Well the people should all stand together and vote the people out whoever is not doing it right. But unfortunately
      2 months ago reply
    • Padmanabhan

      Let the certified copies of Audit reports be made available to Public and have access.. Sanctioning Crores of Rupees from Hundi incomes
      2 months ago reply
    • Padmanabhan

      Rightly said.. Changing rules very frequently. Recently formed board chairman made statement that Senior Citizen darshan is temporarily stopped due to Summer holidays rush.. (One person already booked flight ticket Delhi to Tirumala
      2 months ago reply
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