Over 80,000 devotees from different parts of the country thronged the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara on Friday to celebrate the new year.
The hundi (offering box) collection was about Rs 3 crore besides gold and other specious offerings by the devotees on the occasion, assistant PRO P Neelima of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, which manges the temple, said on Friday.
For the first time, TTD did not entertain recommendation letters issued by VIPs for darshan and other facilities to their near and dear ones visiting the hills today, she said. Only protocol VIPs were allowed to have privilege of getting the special entry passes on payment to have the darshan of Lord Venkateswara.
The presiding deity was adorned with several diamond ornaments.
The temple in Tirupati is the second richest temple in the country.
In August last year, a demant account had been openeed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.
After the Dalal Street got its priciest member, the management said that it will accept shares and securities as donations from devotees. According to a release, TTD started its account in Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL).