Did Y S Jagan violate the sanctity of Tirumala. Facts now clearly indicate that he did so by not signing an affidavit and a register meant for non-Hindus at the temple of Lord Venkateswara during his recent visit to the temple .
In what could be a face-saving move, the Tirumala Tirupati Devathanams (TTD) on Thursday made it clear that non-Hindus intending to have darshan of Lord Venkateswara must sign the mandatory form declaring their faith in the Lord. In the wake of recent allegations that the TTD was not protecting the Hindu dharma, this announcement came as a ray of hope for Hindu prachara dharma activists.
As per GO No.311 of the Endowments Act and rule no 136 of TTD, signing the declaration form is a must for non-Hindu pilgrims. “The declaration forms are available in the peshkar office, joint executive officer (JEO) and enquiry offices. If a non-Hindu is found to be violating this rule he or she will not be allowed to have darshan,” JEO Srinivasa Raju said.
Though the rule has been in force for a long time, the devasthanams has not implemented it strictly. YSR Congress party president Jaganmohan Reddy created a flutter some months ago when he had darshan of Lord Balaji without signing the declaration form. Hindu dharma activists and several political leaders came down heavily on the TTD for failing to extract the signature from Jagan on the form