When world renowned Tirumala temple was opened for devotees on June 11 after a gap of nearly three months due to corona national lockdown, there were fears of spread of coronavirus in the temple town due to gathering of devotees.
But all these fears were proved wrong with TTD officials enforcing strict covid-19 regulations in place like physical distancing, compulsory masks etc.
These measures paid off with Tirumala not recording a single corona case so far since June 11 though several pilgrims from corona hotspot Chennai and elsewhere from Tamil Nadu and other states are coming to Tirumala in significant numbers.
Buoyed at this, TTD officials are gradually increasing the number of devotees to be allowed for darshan of Lord Venkateshwara.
When Tirumala temple was reopened on June 11, TTD officials allowed 6,000 devotees per day.
Now, TTD officials have doubled pilgrims number to 12,000 per day without comprising on corona safety norms.
Of the total 12,000 devotees to be allowed per day, 3,000 will be provided with time slot based sarva darshan.
The remain 9,000 devotees have to book Rs 300 special entry darshan tickets in online mode for darshan.