Tilak may be mandatory for TTD employees
This comes in the wake of some Hindu organisations alleging that some non-Hindus were being employed by TTD.india Updated: Jul 20, 2006 03:20 IST
Close on the heels of a Hindu organisation demanding that stringent measures be taken to protect the sanctity of the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam administrators are thinking of making it compulsory for all its employees to sport
on their forehead.
This comes in the wake of some Hindu organisations alleging that some non-Hindus were being employed by TTD.
Hence, the authorities are contemplating that all its 12,000 strong employees sport the tilak, TTD sources said.
The sources said on Wednesday that "the wearing of the tilak (sacred mark on the forehead) by the staff of the India's richest temple, is being thought of to send a strong message to the people, who often alleged that there are non-Hindus working on the sacred hills".
There were also allegations about "evangelical activities" at Tirumala.
On July 15, a newly formed Tirupati Tirumala Samrakshana Samithi had demanded that TTD take stringent measures to protect the sancity of the Seven Hills.