The Tirupati temple that invokes devotion to millions is now all set for a six day ritual.
The famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara is preparing for a ritual that is held once in 12 years.
It is said that the Tirupati administration in consultation with the temple authorities have decided to allow only 30,000 devotees on a daily basis.
The ritual is known as ‘Astabandhana Balalaya Mahasamprokshanam’.
It is when the high priests would undertake minor structural repairs inside the sanctum sanctorum of the 2,000-year old temple and other sub-shrines.
In view of the ceremony, issuance of all online ‘seva’ tickets including for pre-dawn rituals and privileged worships have been suspended till August 16.
During the mid-August period, usually about one lakh pilgrims visit the temple which attracts devotees from across the country all through the year.>