Tirupati: Stampede-like situation at Tirumala shrine; 3 injured


The Tirumala shrine in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, witnessed a stampede-like situation today. At least three people were hurt in the incident.

Sarvadarshan tickets were said to be on sale at the time of the incident. To obtain Sarvadarshan tickets, a large crowd gathered at the ticket counter located on the shrine grounds, creating a stampede-like situation.

TTD PRO Ravi Kumar stated that the situation was quickly brought under control by allowing pilgrims to enter the Tirumala shrine for darshan without tickets.

“In Tirupati, there was a massive rush at three ticket counters. However, due to the high volume of visitors, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams decided to allow pilgrims direct access to Tirumala’s compartments for darshan,” PRO Kumar stated.  

“The situation has returned to normal,” he added.

In February of this year, the TTD decided to increase the number of Slotted Sarva Darshan (SSD) tokens and tickets issued for Lord Venkateswara darshan in response to a decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country. The TTD had issued an additional 13,000 tickets for the weekend of February 24th and 28th.

Furthermore, 5000 offline SSD tokens were distributed at various locations, including the Srinivasam Complex, the Sri Govindaraja Swamy Choultries, and the Bhudevi Complex.

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot paid obeisance to Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala Hills in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, on Sunday.

According to his office, the Governor was accompanied by officials.


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