THE STATE government has decided to enact a law banning the propagation of any faith other than Hinduism on the hills of Tirumala, famous for the shrine of Lord Venkateswara. Last month, some Hindus had expressed resentment over missionaries preaching Christianity near the shrine.
Endowments Minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy said a bill would be brought in during the current session. The law will provide for imprisonment and fine of Rs 2,000 for anyone preaching other religions in Tirumala. Chief Minister Y.S.R. Reddy, who visited the shrine on Saturday, also said attempts to convert in Tirumala would invite rigorous imprisonment of two years.
The government also wants to bring the seven hills which comprise the township (Venkateswara is called the Lord of the Seven Hills) under the purview of the temple administration.