TTD suspends Sarva Darshan tokens starting April 12 as Covid-19 cases rise

The rising number of coronavirus cases has forced the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) to suspend Sarva Darshan tokens at the Tirupati Balaji Temple here. The TTD, a trust which functions under the Andhra Pradesh government and manages several temples in the state, said on Wednesday that it is suspending the issuance of Sarva Darshan tokens at Tirupati starting April 12.

The TTD said the last token would be issued on the evening of April 11. In a statement, the TTD said Covid-19 cases were on the rise again in Tirupati city. It pointed out that since pilgrims in thousands have to wait at Bhudevi complex and Vishnu Nivasam to collect time slot tokens, the chances of Covid-19 spreading among the devotees is higher.