Yadadri temple's lax security raises concerns amid rising devotee numbers

The lack of security can be gauged from the presence of banned substances like gutka, liquor and cigarettes discarded in the washrooms near the temple.
Vehicles are allowed to proceed to the temple without being checked
Vehicles are allowed to proceed to the temple without being checkedPhoto | Express

NALGONDA: The lack of security at the famous Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple in Yadadri, constructed using funds around `800 crore, is glaring.

Despite receiving substantial daily income and hosting thousands of devotees every day, the lack of security can be gauged from the presence of banned substances like gutka, liquor and cigarettes discarded in the washrooms near the temple.

Every day, the temple receives 15,000 to 20,000 devotees and this number increases to 50,000 to 70,000 on weekends.

Allegations are that the temple authorities have not implemented necessary security measures despite the temple’s significant income.

Necessary equipment such as explosive detectors and scanners for detecting prohibited items like liquor and gutka, similar to those at Alipiri in Tirupati, have not been installed along the Yadadri ghat road. This has led to concerns about the potential threat posed by antisocial elements carrying explosives to the temple.

Ravikumar, a devotee from Hyderabad, expressed regret over the lack of security measures, highlighting the growing risk to devotees as visitor numbers increase. He said: “There is a potential threat to the temple which has been built by investing a huge amount if security measures are not addressed promptly.”

An empty liquor bottle seen in one of the washrooms near the temple premises
An empty liquor bottle seen in one of the washrooms near the temple premisesPhoto | Express

Currently, only minimal security personnel are stationed at the ghat road checkpost, which has led to demands from devotees for enhanced security arrangements akin to those at Alipiri in Tirupati.

In response to these concerns, Yadadri temple executive officer A Bhaskar Rao told TNIE that an inquiry has been initiated into the banned substances near the temple and suspected to have been thrown away by the temple staff.

He said that measures are being taken, including the installation of equipment to detect explosive substances and the establishment of a permanent shed for scanning purposes, to prevent such incidents in the future.

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