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Tirupati temple announces suspension of free Darshan token due to rise in Covid-19 cases

Amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) announced the suspension of free Sarva Darshan tokens at the Sri Venkateswara temple in Tirupati from April 12. The tokens will be issued only until the evening of April 11, until further orders.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the TTD said, “Since thousands of devotees have to wait at Bhudevi complex and Vishnu Nivasam for time slot tokens, the prospect of COVID-19 cases is likely to increase.” The TTD said that Tirupati city has witnessed a steady rise in cases recently.
On Wednesday, Andhra’s Chittoor district 296 COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of active cases in the district to 2227. Across the state, Andhra Pradesh recorded 2331 cases and 11 deaths.
Recently, the popular Shirdi temple in Maharashtra was shut down for devotees from Monday, owing to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state. While pooja ceremonies inside the temple will be held as usual, accommodation and dining hall for devotees will be closed, according to the reports

Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 08/04/2021

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