In 2016, about 2.6 crore devotees from across the world thronged the ancient shrine and cash offerings made in the hundi amounted to Rs 1,018 crore, Executive Officer of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams said.
The famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala netted Rs 1,018 crore of cash offerings in its ‘hundi’ during calendar year 2016, a top official said on Saturday. In 2016, about 2.6 crore devotees from across the world thronged the ancient shrine and cash offerings made in the hundi amounted to Rs 1,018 crore, Executive Officer of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which governs the cash-rich shrine, D Sambasiva Rao, told reporters.
Vaikuntha Ekadasi falling on Sunday, nearly one lakh devotees are waiting in long queues in the Tirumala hills to catch a glimpse of Lord Balaji.
While 50,000 pilgrims are inside the 32 compartments, the rest are waiting in the open.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) expects 75,000 devotees and 3,000 VIPs would step through the Uttara Dwara when it opens on the midnight of Ekadasi, while the rest would have the darshan of Lord Balaji on the Dwadasi day on January 9.
“We can accommodate another 4,000 devotees by adding a few more lines,” said TTD Executive Director D Sambasiva Rao, who is present in the temple to personally supervise the crowd. “If the numbers cross 70,000, we will not be able to provide accommodation. I urge them (the crowd) to get into temporary shelters,” he said.