Tirupati Ticket Online Booking: Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Post Office TTD Counters Stand Empty for 2 Years

Sri Venkateswara Swami Vaari Temple | Photo credit: PTI

Highlights

  • Currently, all sevas tickets are distributed by TTD through its branches and official website.
  • Senior citizens would benefit a lot once ticketing centers in GPOs, post offices and sub-post offices are opened

Hyderabad: Since COVID-19 pandemic hit India in 2020, special darshan tickets have been stopped by Tirumala temple authorities. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) counters in post offices were closed at the start of the pandemic. Over the past six years, visitors to Telangana have been able to obtain “TTD Seva” tickets at more than 30 major post offices and 1,200 sub-post offices. The tickets, which cost Rs 300, could be obtained by presenting an Aadhar card as identification.

A senior member of the Telangana postal circle reportedly told the India time“We used to issue at least 300-500 tickets per day to our customers based on the time slots given by TTD, but we don’t have permission from TTD to restart seva tickets.”

After the lockdown was lifted on June 11, 2020, TTD started allowing visitors, worshippers, but TTD did not allow ticket issuance through post offices. However, getting approval from the TTD to issue tickets at post offices takes a long time, according to the official. Currently, all sevas tickets are distributed by TTD through its branches and official website.

Many people cannot take advantage of online ticket reservation services; hence, they depend on post offices for TTD seva tickets. Senior citizens would benefit a lot once ticketing centers in GPOs, post offices and sub-post offices are opened.

Post offices providing TTD tickets are a relief to thousands of visitors as it helps avoid long queues and crowding at TTD branches.

In November, Tirupati was ravaged by heavy rains, causing massive flooding of low-lying areas and disrupting road and air traffic. Additionally, heavy downpours under the influence of a low pressure system in the Bay of Bengal caused landslides that forced authorities to close roads leading to Lord Venkateswara Swamy Temple at the top of Tirumala.

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