`Tirumala Tirupati Samrakshana Samithi’ conducted fasting protest

via HK published on April 13, 2007

VIJAYAWADA: `Tirumala Tirupati Samrakshana Samithi’ led by seers Matha Siva Chaitanya and Siva Swamiji sat on`Upavaasa Deeksha’ (fast) in front of the Sub-Collector’s office here demanding Government orders to protect Tirumala from Evangelical organizations and to declare that all the seven hills of Tirumala belonged to Lord Venkateswara.

`Tirumala Tirupati Samrakshana Samithi’ was formed in wake of increased evangelical activities in and around the holy Temple town with the support of Samuel Reddy, Andhra CM.Samithi will continue the protests untill the Government issue order stating that the entire sanctuary of 320 square kilometers as the property of the Lord.     

Matha Siva Chaitanya and Siva Swami said that the Government’s attitude towards the Tirumala issue was in sharp contrast to the speed with which it had responded to the plea from Christians that the assets of the church should be protected.

“The Government acted swiftly and appointed a House committee to look into the issue (of protection of Christian properties). Why don’t the ministers react in a similar way to the demand from the Hindus?”

The samithi demanded prohibition of campaigns by Christian Missionaries in the institutions run by the TTD and also to rename Dharma Prachara Parishad of the TTD as Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad. A white paper on the spending of Hundi collections of Tirumala and immediate withdrawal of the proposed ropeway project to Tirumala were other demands made by the samithi.

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