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PTI Last Updated at 10 Aug 2018, 21:08 IST India

6-day Vedic ceremony to begin at Lord Balaji temple tomorrow

Tirupati, Aug 10 (PTI) The famous hill shrine of Lord

Venkateswara near here is all set for a six-day ritual, held

once in 12 years, beginning tomorrow during which only 30,000

devotees would be allowed per day, under one third of the

regular influx.

The 'Astabandhana Balalaya Mahasamprokshanam', would

begin after 9 pm when the high priests would undertake minor

structural repairs inside the sanctum sanctorum of the

2,000-year old temple and other sub-shrines, an official of

the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which administers the

cash-rich shrine, said.

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, TTD Public

Relations Officer T Ravi told PTI tonight.

On an average, only 30,000 devotees would be allowed into

the shrine daily, to be regulated during the few hours when

the priests temporarily halt their work, he said.

During the ritual, high priests plug minor cracks and

holes using a herbal paste harder than the concrete mix, amid

chanting of Vedic hymns, Ravi added.

During the mid-August period, usually about one lakh

pilgrims visit the temple, which attracts devotees from across

the country all through the year.

The TTD had earlier announced a complete ban on entry of

devotees during the six days, but facing flak from devotees

and nudged by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu

Naidu, it later decided to allow 30,000 pilgrims per day.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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