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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the famous temple at Tirumala, would sell gold and silver coins of lord Balaji and Goddess Padmavathi at its information centre in Chennai on the ‘Akshaya T..

27 Apr 2009
Commodity Online
CHENNAI: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the famous temple at Tirumala, would sell gold and silver coins of lord Balaji and Goddess Padmavathi at its information centre in Chennai on the ‘Akshaya Tritiya’ day on Monday.

The gold coins would be available in the denominations of ten, five and two grams while the silver coins weighed ten, five and three grams each.

While the price for a three gram silver coin was fixed at Rs 100, the charge for gold coin would be announced later.

The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala of the Tirupati Hill, and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini.

The Temple has its origins in Vaishnavism, an ancient sect which advocates the principles of equality and love, and prohibits animal sacrifice.

The sanctum sanctorum which houses the awe-inspiring idol of the Lord of the Seven Hills is situated in the main temple complex of Tirumala.

Tirumala, the popular hill shrine in Andhra Pradesh, is embroiled in a gold coin scam following the alleged misappropriation of 300 gold coins, worth over Rs 15 lakh.

Based on the report of a vigilance officer who conducted the probe, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, an autonomous body which manages the temple affairs, terminated the services of officer on special duty P Seshadri and suspended three other officials.

The TTD’s chief vigilance and security officer BV Ramana Kumar, who probed what has come to be known as the case of 300 missing gold dollars, submitted his report on August 5, recommending stringent action against some of the temple board employees.

Based on his report, the TTD took the unprecedented step of dismissing OSD Seshadri whose services were extended after his retirement in 2006.

Seshadri has been the sole custodian of the temple treasury for the last 10 years. Three other officials — deputy executive officer(general) Prabhakar Reddy, deputy executive officer(local temples) A Vasudevan and superintendent of Peishkar office Ramachandra Reddy — have been suspended.


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