Tirumala

  • Tirupati wildfire brought under control but yet to be doused March 21, 2014

    Tirupati: The fire near the Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh has been brought under control but has not yet been doused. Two Indian Air Force helicopters have now been deployed to help put out the fire. Each of the two helicopters has the capacity to carry 4,000 litres of water. They...
  • Wildfire continues to rage in Tirupati, efforts on to control it March 20, 2014

    Hyderabad: The forest fire continues to rage on the hills of Tirumala in the temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. With authorities going all out to control it, Air Force choppers have been put on stand by to air spray water. The chief secretary and Governor have asked all...
  • Forest fire engulfs hills of Tirumala; no casualties reported so far March 19, 2014

    A massive forest fire has engulfed the hills of Tirumala, forcing the authorities to stop pilgrims who were on the way to Tirumala temple in Andhra Pradesh. The pilgrims were walking uphill to the shrine when the fire broke out. Triumala temple's officials along with police and fire department are trying...
  • Tirupati bags Best Heritage City award February 17, 2014

    Tirupati: The Union Tourism Ministry has selected Tirupati as the Best Heritage City for 201213, Tirumala Tirupati Devasathanam sources said on Monday. Andhra Pradesh government had nominated Tirupati as the state's contender in the heritage city category for the national tourism award. Tirupati is famous for its ancient historical structures including...
  • Tirupati returns to normal after being hit by anti-Telangana protests September 2, 2013

    Tirupati: A month after the Telangana statehood was announced, the anti-statehood protests are still on. While this had earlier affected the temple town of Tirupati with a 10 to 15 per cent drop in the number of pilgrims, the situation is now improving with the devotees returning in thousands to...
  • 5000 TTD staff stage peace rally for integrated Andhra Pradesh August 30, 2013

    About 5000 employees of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which manages the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara, on Friday, went on mass leave and took out a rally demanding reversal of Centre s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. With a view not to inconvenience the pilgrims,the staff attending day shift at the hill...
  • AP: Anti-Telangana protesters to block roads to Tirupati August 27, 2013

    Hyderabad: The on-going battle over Telangana is likely to severely affect the world's second richest temple Tirupati from Wednesday. The indefinite bandh across Seemandhra region has already been causing a lot of inconvenience to the devotees visiting the temple for the past three weeks. Andhra Pradesh state run buses have...
  • Bandhs in Andhra, Tirupati to protest against Telangana August 17, 2013

    Hyderabad: People have been organising bandhs in Tirupati and Andhra to protest against the decision on Telangana. Private transport operators have declared a 24hour bandh here to support a united Andhra protest. With the Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation employees also joining the antitelangana protests, most pilgrims are relying on...
  • Seemandhra protests: Relief for pilgrims as bus services to Tirumala being restored August 14, 2013

    In a relief to devotees visiting the abode of Lord Venkateswara in Andhra Pradesh, the bus services run by APSRTC to Tirumala Hills will be restored from Wednesday. The decision was taken late on Tuesday night after RTC employees agreed to exempt these services from the ongoing indefinite strike in...
  • Telangana effect: Buses to Tirumala stopped for first time in four decades August 13, 2013

    Tirupati: For the first time in nearly four decades, buses going to the famous Hindu temple atop Tirumala Hills were stopped on Tuesday as transport employees joined the indefinite mass strike to protest the centre's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. Over 1500 buses of stateowned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation...
  • Andhra Pradesh: Police releases sketches of bicycle used in twin blasts March 11, 2013

    Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh police has released sketches of a bicycle used in the twin bomb blasts in Dilsukhnagar in February which killed 17 and had injured more than 100 people. Cyberabad Police Commissioner Dwaraka Tirumala Rao released the sketches of a damaged bicycle on Sunday night. Since the rear portion...
  • Snapshot: Sachin Tendulkar visits Tirupati February 4, 2013

    Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar with TTD Chairman Bapiraju at the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Tirupati on February 2, 2013 morning. PTI Photo. ...
  • AP: Advani offers prayers at Lord Venkateswara temple November 10, 2012

    Tirupati: Senior BJP leader L K Advani offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala on Saturday. The veteran BJP leader arrived at Renigunta airport near here on Friday afternoon. After an overnight stay on the hills, he offered prayers at the temple early this...
  • Spurt in death of trekking pilgrims to Tirupati alarming September 22, 2012

    Tirupati: A pilgrim Jayamma(67) from Bengaluru died while she was trekking to Tirumala on July 11 and another pilgrim Chinta Chinna Bhadraiah(45), a native of Sattenapalli in Guntur district died of cardiac arrest on August 4 this year, walking the Srivari Mettu trail. These two incidents reveal how pilgrims are...
  • Tirupati pilgrims losing babies to sleep September 3, 2012

    Tirupati: Fatigue after the pilgrimage to Tirumala and Tirupati, which makes parents of babies sleepy-eyed, has come in handy for professional kidnappers who are always on the prowl, waiting for the right moment to make the snatch. Most of the babies have been kidnapped when their tired parents have dozed...
  • Non-Hindus to sign faith form to enter Tirupati July 27, 2012

    Tirumala: From now on, non-Hindus will not be allowed into the Tirumala temple without furnishing a declaration affirming their faith in Lord Venkateswara. The declaration register, which was earlier kept in the Vaikuntam queue complex, will now be made available in other places like the JEO camp office, Peshkar Office...
  • AP: Water shortage hits Tirumala again July 19, 2012

    Tirumala: Once again, pilgrims on Tirumala hills were forced to wait in their cottages and guestrooms for many hours due to shortage of water on Wednesday. They had to postpone darshan and tonsuring of heads by a couple of hours for want of bathing water. After a decade, the Tirumala...
  • Jagan's visit to Tirupati sparks religion row May 3, 2012

    Hyderabad: Already battling corruption cases, YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy now finds himself in a new controversy as the authorities in the Tirupati temple say he has violated norms. Jagan is a practising Christian but did not sign a mandatory declaration that Non-Hindus have to sign before entering the shrine. The YSR...
  • No priority darshan for VIPs at Tirumala April 4, 2012

    TIRUMALA: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust Board has decided to withdraw the intervention of government department official machinery to conduct Kalyanamasthu programme in the state. They have decided to conduct ‘Nitya Kalyanamasthu’ at only 11 important temples including Srisailam, Yadagirigutta, Basara, Vemulavada, Dwaraka Tirumala, Mangalagiri, Arasavelli, Annavaram, Kanaka Durga...
  • Tirupati: Record collection of Rs 5.73 cr in one day April 2, 2012

    hyderabad: The richest Temple board of the country Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams just got richer. It has recorded its highest Hundi (offering box) collection ever on a single day of Rs 5.73 crores on Sunday, April 1. Its previous record was Rs 4.2 crore collected on January 1, 2012. Temple officials say...
  • Rajinikanth offers prayer at Balaji temple October 20, 2011

    Tirupati: Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, who is on a thanks giving visit after recovering from ailment recently, offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on Thursday. Rajinikanth, an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara, was accompanied by his wife Latha, daughters Aishwarya and Soundarya and sons-in-law Danush and...
  • Darshan on wheels at world's richest temple May 12, 2011

    Bangalore: A freewheeling darshan - that's what a Bangalore company is promising pilgrims at the famed Tirupati temple in a few months from now. No, it doesn't mean an end to the long queues at the temple that sees about 70,000 pilgrims per day but it'll at least mean a...
  • Tirupati: Gold plating of richest temple shelved May 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Tirumala Tirupati Devesthanam (TTD) on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it has shelved the controversial decision on gold plating of the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati, the world's richest temple. The decision to reconsider the move was taken in deference to the sentiments...
  • Gold plating work at Tirumala temple illegal: HC November 30, 2010

    Hyderabad: A division bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday held that the gold plating work of the sanctum sanctorum of famous Tirumala temple undertaken by the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam (TTD) was "illegal and unconstitutional". The bench comprising Justice B Prakasha Rao and Justice...
  • After ticket scam, suicide rocks Tirupati August 28, 2010

    Tirupati: A Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) official committed suicide on Friday after reports of alleged harassment by a senior TTD official. The employees' union said V.M. Suresh was being forced by Dharma Reddy to become a witness in the multi-crore ticketing scam, a charge dismissed by him. The victim was working as...
  • Tirupati goes green; uses solar, wind energy June 5, 2010

    Tirumala: Going green seems to be the mantra of the day and now even temples seem to have joined the group. From gardening to cooking, only non-conventional sources of energy are now being used in the temples of Tirupati. India's richest temple - Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), at Tirumala is relying...
  • Rs 3 crore worth golden vessel offered in Tirupati October 27, 2009

    Tirupati: A Rs 3 crore worth golden vessel (Gangalam) was offered to Lord Venkateswara of the famous hill shrine of Tirumala by a devotee on Monday. The vessel, weighing about 18 Kgs, was handed over to D K Adikesavulu Naidu, Chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam, which manages the temple, by the...
  • Tirupati priest mortgages temple jewellery, arrested August 22, 2009

    New Delhi: A Tirumala Tirupati Devasthaanam (TTD) priest has been detained by the police in Tirupati after he allegedly mortgaged temple jewellery worth Rs 9 lakh. The priest has been questioned by the police at the Tirumala Police Station but no case has been registered so far. BV Ramana Deekshitulu, who is...
  • Devotess pray and pay for a better economy December 24, 2008

    Hyderabad: Cash may be dry in the economy, but the temples in Andhra are flooded with funds as people turn to god in these tough times. Temples in Andhra Pradesh and are reporting higher collections and donations than ever before. Falling markets and worried investors, but the gloomy economic scenario is...
  • Tirupati-Tirumala hills grapple with rising AIDS cases June 21, 2008

    Hyderabad: There has been a steep rise in the number of HIV/AIDS cases in one of India’s holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites, the Tirupati-Tirumala hills. Andhra Pradesh AIDS Control Society has found out that over 200 commercial sex workers operate in the area. “We have come across this information through unofficial...