Tirumala chief priest private blessing

Chief priest A V Ramana Deekshitulu landed himself in a fresh controversy when he went to meet a top industrialist’s son at a private guest house here on Sunday. Deekshitulu was closeted with industrialist’s son for a brief while in the evening to bless him.

When cameramen tried to approach him, the chief priest sped away in his car from the guest house. While Deekshitulu was unavailable for his comments, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) refused to be drawn into the controversy. But this was not the first time that the chief priest had courted controversies. He was served a memo by the TTD authorities for conducting special rituals in violation of temple norms for a top industrialist at a guest house atop the hill on April 10, 2010.

“Deekshitulu is often seen rubbing shoulders with industrialists, business magnates, film stars and celebrities. As one who stands closest to the Moola Virat inside the sanctum sanctorum, he should only be at the service of the Lord,” points out seer Kamalananda Bharati Swamy.