Liquor shop springs up outside Dwaraka Tirumala
The new liquor policy issued by the state Government has not spared even Lord Sri Venkateswara of famous pilgrim centre Dwaraka Tirumala.
Dwaraka Tirumala: The new liquor policy issued by the state Government has not spared even Lord Sri Venkateswara of famous pilgrim centre Dwaraka Tirumala.
Dwaraka Tirumala, the famous pilgrim centre called as Chinna Tirupati has a liquor shop opposite the RTC bus complex in the village. After the new policy and issuance of fresh licences, the liquor shop was opened at the main Arch Gate that leads to the temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara. The shop was opened on Saturday.
However, there is a rule in respect of the establishment of the liquor shops that they should not be allowed near to the temples and schools.
The Arch Gate road is always fully packed with pilgrims and villagers. The Gramotsav of Lord Sri Venkateswara would be conducted through this road during the festival period.
The priests take out the diety on various Vahana Seva like Hamsa, Garuda, Surya Prabha and Chandra Prabhavahana processions through this road which is called as Mada Veedhi.
Besides this shop, belt shops have also opened in the village.The Liquor shop that opened at the Arch Gate has begun to irk the pilgrims who visit the pilgrim centre. K Madhusudan Rao, a businessman and devotee said that it is unfortunate to see a wine shop at the Arch Gate.
“Every devotee offers prayers to this Arch Gate before entering into the Devasthanam. The liquor shop is very near to the Arch Gate. The pilgrims would face troubles with the drunkards. The officials should relocate the liquor shop from this area. It affects the feelings of the devotees”, he added.
Another pilgrim L Rajkumar stated that Arch Gate is a sacred place and the officials should not allow the liquor shop near to the Arch Gate. “The devotees, mainly the women, may face troubles with this liquor shop. It should not be on the premises of Dwaraka Tirumala Devasthanam. The officials should concentrate on it and take steps to remove the shop, he pleaded.
When contacted, Devasthanam Executive Officer Vendra Trinadha Rao told The Hans India that “We will pursue it. If it is against the rules, we will ask the excise officials to shift it from that place. We have to examine the rules and see whether it is correct or not” .
By Juvvala Madhu/Ramachandra Sarma