“Darshan ticket holders who were unable to visit Tirumala due to the rains can book a slot online”
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is ready to develop a software application for worshipers who were unable to undertake a pilgrimage to the hill shrine between November 18 and November 30 due to the rains, despite the reservation of tickets for the darshan.
TTD’s additional general manager, AV Dharma Reddy, said the app would be available in a few days. Devotees can book darshan slots online using the number provided on previous tickets and visit the temple on any date of their choosing within the next six months.
Although the rains were unprecedented, the hilltop sanctuary remained intact except for a few incidents. Of the 7,000 cottages and a few rare, only a few guesthouse suites had been damaged. “The two ghat roads leading to the hill town, including the Alipiri trail, have been opened. The broken culverts at four points cut the Srivari Mettu Trail – the second and shortest route to town from Srinivasa Mangapuram. The difficulty of transporting the material manually to the sites slows the pace of repair work. However, worshipers can take the Alipiri Trail until the work is completed, ”he said.
Engineering, forestry and health officials have been put on alert over a forecast of heavy rains between November 25 and 28. Earthmoving machines, trucks and other emergency equipment are in place to meet any requirements, he added.