Raghavendra Lawrence has thanked the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam officials for introducing new plans to regulate the crowd and to do away with the ‘Jarugandi’ system in the approach route to the sanctum sanctorum of the holy temple of Sri Venakatachalapathy.
A few days back, Lawrence had complained that a TTDC official had pushed down his mother and ill-treated his family. Lawrence was fulfilling a personal wish and had been to the temple with his mother and other family members. Due to the huge crowd which is always spotted at the temple, his mother who had just undergone a byepass surgery was pushed inside the sanctum sanctorum and sustained minor injuries.
After coming out of the temple, Lawrence complained against the TTDC management when he spoke to the press. He also urged the authorities to bring changes in the system which resulted in great difficulty to pilgrims who are made to stand in queues for 15-20 hours to see and get the blessings of Almighty that too for not more than a few seconds.
A senior TTDC official has now said there won’t be ‘Jarugandi’ at the sanctum sanctorum and instead, volunteers and employees have been asked to utter only the word ‘Govinda’ inside the temple’s premises. He added that efforts are being made to ensure that the crowds won’t be pushed or jostled inside the temple’s premises.
Lawrence has reacted to the announcement by thanking the officials and has said, “It is indeed good news for all devotees of Tirupathi Venkateswara. I’m happy that TTD officials have acted fast in taking a right decision. This decision is sure to bring for lakhs of devotees like us!”