‘Hindu by Law, Christian by Faith’ ….
TTD is most important temple for Bharatiyas, where the Deity Balaji majestically adorns his abode in the Seven Hills (Ezhumalai), believed by crores as the ruling Deity of Kaliyuga and fulfils the prayers of all his Bhakta’s. Millions visit the temple every day and the hundi/offering collection surpasses several crores, not to speak of ornaments/precious stones which are donated regularly.
TTD is under the control of Andhra Pradesh Government, the income of the temple is regularly routed to many welfare schemes of the State. The staff are appointed by the Secular State, and many non- Hindus were appointed, which created a massive protest in Social Media during 2019, many non- Hindu employees of TTD transferred.
TTD has been a victim of regular loot of its wealth, similar to temples in Tamizhnadu, as it is controlled by Govt and there is no accountability on the part of the Govt employees or the politicians who are elected to govern the State.
In February 2020, there was a media expose on one Shri. A. Rajasekhar Rao, AEO, SV Group of temples, was seen praying at St. Paul Luthern Church, Puttur. His role was of ‘Parakamani’, in charge of counting place of Hundi inside Tirumala Mandir. The AEO had claimed that he was Hindu and his wife was converted to Christianity. All along he had denied having prayed in the Church, but had entered the premises along with his wife.
Against this allegation TTD ordered an enquiry into the allegations vide reference Roc No. DA1/9968/2019 dtd. 20/4/2020, with Shri. Rajendradu, Spl. Gr. Dy EO, SV Group of temples. Vijayawada.
The enquiry concluded and held that the charges against him has been held proved, with the following remarks.
GO 1060 of year 1989 stipulated that “appointment to any categories, except in the case of teaching institutions shall be made only from persons professing Hindu religion. Subsequently, the rule was amended in 2007 vide GO 1372, that appointment to any of the posts to any of the category in any of the institutions administered or funded by TTD shall be made only among persons professing Hindu religion,”