Sans any VVIP treatment, Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid and his family members offered worship at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near Tirupati after standing in the queue for around 45 minutes.
As the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the temple, had recently imposed a ban on providing free VVIP treatment to non-protocol visitors like cricketers and film stars, Dravid and his family had to purchase VIP tickets of Rs. 500 each to have darshan of the Lord on Friday.
They had to wait in the queue for about 45 minutes for the darsan, temple sources told PTI.
The TTD had decided not to give special treatment to some visitors in the wake of strong criticism from several quarters over the VVIP treatment accorded to the newly-wed film stars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai last month.
But TTD officials ensured that Dravid and his family members had a comfortable stay at the temple town.
"They were provided a good paid guesthouse," the sources said.