Next time when you are in the long queue for the ‘darshan’ of Tirupati Balaji, don’t be surprised if you find your favorite film star standing behind you. The controversy created by Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan visit to Tirupati has forced Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams to ask non-protocol VIPs to stand in queue.
So, who are the non-protocol VIPs? Actors, industrialists, sports persons and all celebrities. The political class is excluded so they will continue to have the VIP status.
But who will protect the likes of Aishwarya and Abhishek when they are standing in the long queue? It seems the temple authorities will provide special protection when they are in the queue. Now, how they will provide the security needs to be seen.
In another development from May 1 onwards there will be no ‘VIP break darshan’ on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the price of ‘VIP break darshan’ ticket has been hiked from Rs 200 to 500. In ‘VIP break darshan’ devotees are allowed to enter the temple on priority for an hour in the morning and evening.
In another development, TTD has decided to provide a free 'ladoo prasadam' to each person standing in general queue. The ladoo is now sold for Rs 25.