Tirupati Temple Board Resolves Not to Sell Any Properties Including Those Donated by Devotees

TIRUMALA, INDIA, May 28, 2020 : Putting an end to the controversy over the proposed auction of its unviable properties [to alleviate income shortfall during the covid crisis], the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board of Trustees on Thursday resolved not to sell any properties of the Lord Venkateswara or TTD including those donated by the devotees, through auction or otherwise. TTD chairman Y.V. Subba Reddy said in view of the controversy over their review on how to deal with the previous board’s decision to auction the unviable properties and also following Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s directions, the Board passed the resolution that under no circumstances any of the properties, including those offered by the devotees, would be sold henceforth.

With regard to safeguarding the properties donated by the devotees that are found to be unviable and which are not encroached upon, the board resolved to constitute a committee with Board Members, elders (swamijis, peetadipathis) of Hindu dharma, intellectuals and some devotees. “The committee will explore the ways and means to protect such properties and how best to utilize them. The board will take a decision based on the committee’s recommendations,” the TTD chairman explained and reiterated that there will not be any sale of properties in any form.