If you are listless in standing in those long queues for hours and unfortunately (or fortunately?) not one of those VIP’s, you have something to cheer from now.
If you plan to visit Tirumala/Tirupati for darshan of Lord venkateshwara, starting today, to have a ‘Quick Darshan’ all you have to do is buy a Rs.300 ticket and have a look at the Lord in comparatively lesser time.
Note that the previous ways of visiting the lord via free darshan and through a Rs.50 ticket will still continue but the Archana ananthara seva which is of Rs.200 and other darshan of Rs.100 will stand cancelled.
Unlike other Seva’s and darshans at Tirumala which can be booked online, the Rs.300 ticket (kankanam) cannot be booked online.
At present, separate dedicated counters are available in the temple premises only from where one has to buy a 300 ticket to have a Quick darshan (Sheegra Darshanam)
In the coming days, these tickets may also be made available at TTD Kalyana mandapams present in various cities across India.
It is said that by using this special darshan, the darshan will take just about 2 hours in morning hours and only 1 hours from Afternoon till evening.
This move came in from the TTD board, after several complaints made by the pilgrims about the long hours it is taking for the darshan and also the importance being given to the VIP’s keeping aside the ‘Aam aadmi’.
Now it remains to be seen how many ‘Aam aadmi’s’ can afford a Rs.300 ticket but one thing looks clear that the exodus in the free darshan and Rs.50 darshan will be less compared to before as most of the those people who are in between ‘Aam Aadmi’ and the VIP, may opt for Rs.300 darshan to avoid the rush.
Update: While this is the case with Sheegra Darshanam, you can certainly book tickets for other services such as for various seva’s (Archana, Suprabhatham, Kalyanotsavam, Thomala seva etc), sudarshanam tickets and also accommodation at tirumala online at TTDSevaonline site. All these online services can be booked 90 days in advance. Seva tickets, especially, are very limited and get booked immediately once a new quota has been made available for booking. Sudarshanam tickets too have limited quota online and get booked at least 2 full months in advance.