Y.V. Subba Reddy, the chairman of TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) said that the darshans would resume on June 8. However, the temple of Lord Venkateswara will continue the Darshan with various rigorous restrictions. These restrictions are imposed by the temple authorities to promote social distancing. Also, the temple authorities will follow the recommendations given by the Central and State Government advisories.
During the first two days, only the employees of TTD will be allowed for the Darshan at the temple. Locals will be permitted for the darshans on the third day on an experimental basis. However, the general public can come for Darshan only after June 11.
Online And Offline Tickets
Mr. Reddy said that the devotees would be allowed to enter the temple between 7: 30 AM and 7:30 PM. Also, the temple will be closed at 9 PM every day as per the guidelines of the Government. A total of 6000 devotees will come to the temple every day. 50% of the tickets, i.e., 3000 tickets are available online. On the other hand, the rest of the 3000 tickets will be available at offline Sarva Darshan (SSD) counters at Tirupati. The online booking of tickets will start on June 8. The tickets will be available for the entire month on the portal.
The devotees will also be able to book the cottages linked with their ticket tokens. However, a maximum of two devotees can stay together in one suite. From 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM, the devotees with VIP passes can go for the Darshan.
The devotees will be able to trek between 6 AM to 4 PM through the Alipiri trekking route (footpath). The Government has decided to open this path. However, the Government has not decided anything about the opening of the Srivari mettu route. For opening this path, the Government is waiting for the situation to become healthy.
All the devotees have to mandatorily use sanitizers, wear face masks, and maintain social distance. The temple authorities are also going to conduct the regular thermal screening of the devotees. Further, Mr. Reddy has asked the people from the containment zone to restrict themselves from coming to the temple. Also, he refrained the devotees of age above 65 from visiting the temple for Darshan. Also, authorities are not going to allow the children of age below 10 to enter the temple.