The famous “Tirupati laddu”, the sacred prasad of the ancient hill temple of Lord Venkateswara, will be available for purchase by devotees at subsidised prices in the headquarters of all 13 districts in Andhra Pradesh from Monday (May 25).
About 10,000 laddus would be made available at the marriage halls or information centres of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which administers the cash-rich temple at Tirumala, in the district headquarter towns or cities, a temple official said on Friday (May 22).
The laddu, which is priced at ₹50 each, would be sold at ₹25 “as a gift” to the devotees during the COVID-19 lockdown period, he said.
Fresh stock would be transported from the holy hills a day before the exsiting inventory is exhausted at the respective places, he added.
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Entry of devotees to the more than 2,000-year old temple, that used to draw thousands from across the country every day during normal times, has been barred since March 20 to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The devotees of Lord Venkateswara in Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad could also be able to receive the laddus at subsidised prices soon.
TTD authorities were perusing the matter with respective state governments for their nod in view of COVID-19 lockdown, the temple official added.
Those who wished to purchase large quantities of laddus for free distribution among other devotees can contact toll-free numbers – 18004254141 or mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, he added.