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Darshan in two hours at Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh

A new plan is being studied and will be implemented soon which will allow darshan in two hours at Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh. Now devotees have to wait for several hours to have darshan at this popular shrine. As per the new plan a software is being tested in Tirumala to allot a specific time of darshan to each devotee and accordingly the devotee would have to join the queue line at a stipulated point about two hours in advance. The Hindu reports A three-tier system was being introduced in Tirumala and he examined its efficacy, Endowments Minister Pydikondala Manikyala Rao said. The system would be convenient to the devotees as they would clearly know the time when they have to join the queue line. Rather than endlessly wait in the queue, the devotees could utilise the time to visit other temples and come to have darshan within two hours of joining the queue line, he added.

Khekparta Shiva Temple in Lohardaga – Khakhparta Shiv Mandir at Lohardaga in Jharkhand

Shiva Temple located atop a mountain at Khekparta Village , around 8 km from Lohardaga in Jharkhand, is unique as the Shiv Mandir is constructed directly on the surface of the hill without any foundation. Khakhparta temple is a protected monument. The temple is believed to have been constructed between 9 th and 10 century AD. The architecture of the small shirne is similar to Nagar Style prevalent in Orissa. The main temple consists of a Shivling. There is a murti of Ganesha, Surya and Nandi in front of the temple. Shivling without any temple cover is also found in the complex. There is no priest or worship practice. Devotees do their own pujas and worship. The temple attracts huge crowd during Shivratri and Shravan month. Khekparta Shiv Mandir is around 90 km northwest from Ranchi , capital of Jharkhand.