Tirupati, June 19 (IANS): The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) decided to build Lord Venkateswara temples in Mumbai and Varanasi.
TTD President YV Subba Reddy spoke on Saturday about the new temple projects, while thanking board members, TTD officials and employees for successfully completing two years in office.
Already, TTD has laid the foundation for a temple in the area of Majhin village in Jammu, with the aim of building a temple in the Himalayas.
TTD’s board has considered building 500 temples over the past two years with help from the Samarsata Foundation and the Endowment Department, but have been unable to execute the plans due to the pandemic.
However, the temple body aims to complete them within the next year in Dalit settlements, agency areas and fishing settlements.
Beisdes, TTD aims to launch spiritual Kannada and Hindi TV channels SVBC in 2-3 months.
“The funds from the Srivani Trust will be used for the construction and renovation of temples in remote areas,” he said.
TTD will also implement a pilgrimage allowance for HDPP retirees, similar to regular retired temple body employees.
“A committee should be formed to review the eligibility of contract employees and subcontractors working in TTD for regularization,” said the president.
“To eliminate the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, TTD has undertaken several spiritual programs over the past 14 months on the Nada Neerajanam platform in Tirumala by broadcasting live on SVBC, which has boosted the trust of devotees of the world, ”Reddy said.
Other initiatives include the removal of all unauthorized shops in Tirumala, the laying of the foundation stone for a pediatric hospital in Tirupati by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and a plan to build 13 Kalyana mandapams in areas viable.