Sunday, October 11, 2009

VHP opposes gold plating of Lord Balaji temple -

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    • Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today appealed to the administration of the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala near Tirupati to drop the work on gold plating of the outer wall of sanctum sanctorum, saying it was "an intereference in the religious nature" of the structures.
    • 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.
    • Late Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy had launched the first phase of the gold plating project estimated to cost Rs.150 crore during the last Brahmothsavam festival.