TTD expects a huge turnout of pilgrims for the auspicious occasion

The TTD has resolved to provide ‘Vaikuntha dwara darshan’ for 44 hours on the auspicious days of Vaikuntha Ekadasi and Dwadasi for the benefit of devotees.

‘Vaikuntha dwaram’ is a narrow passage encircling the inner-most sanctum sanctorum of the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara and is opened only once a year on Vaikuntha Ekadasi which falls on December 18.

The ‘Vaikuntha dwaram’, which will be opened at 1.30 a.m. on December 18 will be kept opened till the midnight hours of December 19 for ‘Dwadasi darshan’. Common devotees will be allowed for ‘darshan’ of the deity at 5 a.m.

Anticipating a huge turnout of pilgrims, the TTD has resolved to allot a major chunk of ‘darshan’ hours for ordinary pilgrims and in the process also cancelled all kinds of ‘arjitha sevas’ performed inside the temple on both days.

All formats of privileged ‘darshan’ extended to senior, special citizens and parents with infants have been dispensed with for four days from December 17 and there will no issuance of ‘darshan’ tokens to pilgrims reaching the town on foot for three days.

Neither will there be any advance booking of cottages from December 16 nor any preferential treatment to the cottage and guest house donors till December 20.

Additional counters for collection and depositing of luggage will be opened at all the vantage points atop the town.

With regard to VIPs, only those coming in person will be entertained. Only ‘Laghu darshan’ (darshan from half way inside the sanctum) will be provided and there will be no provision of ‘harati’. VIPs will be allowed for the ‘darshan’ for about four hours from 1.30 a.m. on December 18.

Exclusive counters

Exclusive counters will be set up to cater to their needs like accommodation and ‘darshan’ depending upon their stature. VIPs falling under protocol category will be provided with six ‘darshan’ tickets each as against four for the All India rank officials. The ghat roads will be kept opened round the clock.

Devotees desirous of having ‘darshan’ on Vaikunta Eakdasi day will be allowed into the Vaikunta complex from December 17 onwards.

The ‘dharma darshan’ lines meant for ordinary pilgrims will be enforced uninterruptedly from 5 a.m. on December 18 with a couple of intervals in between for observing mandatory rituals of the presiding deity till the midnight hours of Dwadasi on December 19.

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