VHP opposes gold plating of Lord Venkateswara temple

via http://www.ptinews.com/news/325872_VHP-opposes-gold-plating-of-Lord-Venkateswara-temple published on October 11, 2009

Chennai, Oct 11 (PTI) Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today appealed to the administration of the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala to drop the work on gold plating of the outer wall of sanctum sanctorum, saying it was “an interference in the religious nature” of the structure.

“There is a craze for covering temple walls and other structures with gold. There is no religious sanction for these acts (as) it is the willful desire of some politicians and individuals (to do so),” VHP International Working President S Vedantam said.

In a letter to Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam (TTD) Chairman Adhikesavulu, he said covering temple walls with gold would damage the inscriptions written on the walls and other places.

“There are invaluable treasures of our tradition and history behind these inscriptions.. nobody demanded such an action.

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