TTD Shelved Gold Plating of Tirupati Venkateswara Swamy Temple

The TTD, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, informed the Supreme Court that the board has shelved the decision of gold plating of the sancturm sanctorum of Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala Tirupati.

The Hindu published

The TTD said it had no powers to carry out the exercise of drilling thousands of holes in the inner recess adorning the deities in view of the restrictions imposed by Section 2(a) of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.

By a resolution dated September 20,2008, the TTD decided to carry out gold plating of the temple’s sanctum sanctorum, which was fiercely opposed by several devotees on the ground that it was not only against scriptural tenets but posed a grave threat to the 11th century shrine.

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