I did my best for Piligrims : TTD EO
Tirupati , June 14:
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) executive officer, Mr I.Y.R. Krishna Rao, said that without the blessings of Lord Venkateswara, it would not have been possible for him to initiate some pilgrim-friendly reforms.
The state government appointed senior LAS officer, Mr. L.V. Subrahmanyam, on Tuesday evening as the TTD EO, duly transferring Mr Krishna Rao.
On the occasion, Mr Rao told this newspaper that during his two-year-tenure, he received the best cooperation from employees, pilgrims, the TTD Trust Board and the Specified Authority.
The most remarkable of the pro-common pilgrims’ reforms introduced by Mr Krishna Rao are facilitating about 10,000 common , devotees every week to witness the most-sought-after ‘Abishekam Seva’ Fridays and introduction of the Seegra Darshan system.
These reforms have made Mr Rao a household name ‘ among devout Hindu families.
Prior to this reform, participation in Abhishekam seva was considered next to impossible not only for common devotees, but also for the rich with its advance booking stretched to beyond 2060.
Secondly, Mr Rao prompted the speedy completion of the new Annadanam complex near the Tirumala temple, with a capacity to house more than 10,000 pilgrims.
He is also credited with the introduction of rods and dal-sabji for devotees from North India.
A fool-proof inventory system and records of all the precious ornaments adorning the Lord, setting up of a mobile cardiac clinic at Tirumala, celebration of the 500thy coronation of Sri Krishnadevaraya and elimination’ of the middlemen exploitation of devotees are some of the notable steps initiated by Mr Rao.