The historical Tirumala Tirupati temple will have a Gujarati as one of its board members for the first time. Former president of Medical Council of India Dr. Ketan Desai becomes the first Gujarati on Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams’ (TTD) board. He was the president of the World Medical Association in 2016 and has also served as head of Urology Department at BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad. He took oath as TTD board member on Monday.
The Andhra Pradesh government appointed the Board of Trustees of the (TTD), the body which administers Tirupati’s Lord Venkateswara temple, according to a Government Order (GO). It includes 28 members, including four ex-officio members.
Members of TTD Board
The new members include Pokala Ashok, Malladi Krishna Rao, Tanguturu Maruthi Prasad, Manne Jeevan Reddy, Bandi Parthasaradhi Reddy, Jupalli Rameswara Rao, N Srinivasan, Rajesh Sharma, Bora Saurabh, Muramshetty Ramulu, Kavakurthy Vidyasagar, AP Nanda Kumar, Pachipala Sanath Kumar, Vemireddy Prashanti Reddy, Kethan Desai, Boodati Lakshmi Narayana, Milind Keshav Narvekar, MN Sashidhar, Alluri Malleswari, S Shankar, SR Viswanath Reddy, Burra Madhusudan Yadav, Kiliveti Sanjeevaiah and Katasani Rambhupal Reddy.
Temple with a legacy
Lord Balaji made Tirumala his abode five thousand years ago. Even before him, it was Lord Varahaswami who had made Tirumala his abode. The temple complex is spread over 16.2 acres of land. The height of the main entrance has been increased periodically since 13th century. Its present height is fifty feet.
Lord Rama in Tirumala
It is said that while Lord Rama was in exile in Threthayuga, he and Lakshmana came to Tirumala in search of Seeta. As a mark of their visit, their statues are kept in the temple. As they were in exile, their statues reflect their simplicity and are devoid of any ornaments.
All couples begetting children with the blessings of the Lord, offer silver, candy and camphor equivalent to the weight of their children, as avowed by them. Even the patients, who are cured of their diseases, express their gratitude similarly.