TTD gives 1 gm gold to prevent conversions

via Media Release published on October 25, 2006

Hyderabad, Oct. 20: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which runs the richest temple in the country, will hand out one-gram of gold to poor families to keep them from converting to other religions.

The new board that runs the TTD took this decision following complaints from religious leaders that preachers of other religions were luring poor Hindus either through financial help or promises of a better living.

 The gold will be given in the form of mangalsutras to one lakh below poverty line (BPL) couples every year. “There are several lakh Hindu families living below the poverty line. They have never ever worn gold ornaments. The TTD will distribute gold mangalsutras and perform one lakh mass marriages every year,” said TTD chairman B. Karunakar Reddy.

“On February 22, 2007, one lakh mass marriages will be performed between 8 am and 8.30 am all over the State and the TTD will provide free food to 20 family members and relatives of each couple. The basic idea is prevent poor Hindus from converting to other religions,” Mr Reddy said. The TTD has also come out with a programme to distribute “atchintalus” of Lord Sri Venkateswara and “kumkuma” of Goddess Sri Padmavati among all Hindu families in the State. This will create awareness among Hindus and bring them to the religious fold, he said.

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