For devotees from Maharashtra heading to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam in Andhra Pradesh, prior registrations will get simpler from December 1.
The temple’s trust will lunch its first integrated information centre in Mumbai on December 1, complete with an E-kiosk for online darshan and stay reservation, meditation hall and a prayer room housing a idol of Lord Balaji.
Trust members said that the idol would be a replica of the original idol at Tirupati.
“Pilgrims can now plan their visit by paying Rs50 at the centre,” said Murli Krishna, deputy executive officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.
Usually getting accommodation is difficult owing to massive rush to the pilgrim destination.
“There are around 15,000 devotees from the state visiting the temple daily. During weekends and festive dates the numbers double. This centre will be their one stop destination for them to plan a smooth trip,” added Krishna.
Other cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhubhaneshwar and Coimbatore already have such a facility.
In addition to the soon to be opened three-storey facility the trust is also planning to recreate a replica of the Tirupati temple in the city.
“We will need at least three acres of land within the city limits to create a replica of the Tirupati temple. This will also reduce the number of devotees heading to the parent temple as they will get a glimpse of the idol and the temple, back in their home domain,” said V Ranganathan, chairman of the trust.
“The centre at Sion as well as the proposed temple in Mumbai will adopt all the rituals being practiced in Tirumala. Even pujas will be celebrated simultaneously and performed by priests from Tirumala,” said Gita Kasturi, member of the trust.