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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Conversions: TTD claims rejected

DH News Service Shimoga:
Convenor of the Shimoga branch of ‘Tirumala Tirupati Protection Committee’ T V Ramachandra has said that there is no doubt that conversion activities are going on in Tirupati Tirumala temple.

Convenor of the Shimoga branch of ‘Tirumala Tirupati Protection Committee’ T V Ramachandra has said that there is no doubt that conversion activities are going on in Tirupati Tirumala temple.

He has dismissed the statements given by the TTD management and Endowment minister of Andhra Pradesh as “far from truth”.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday Mr Ramachandra said that out of eight hills in Tirupati five are being used to this kind of illegal activities.

According to the law no activities relating to any other religion other than Hindu religion can take place in 250 square kilo meter areas of seven hills. However in 220 square kilo metre areas of five hills are being used to distribute hand bill and books on Christianity, he alleged.

Garlanding of Lord Venkateshwara picture in Venkateshwara University in Tirupati has been stopped. Photographs of Hindu Gods have been removed from Padmavathi Women’s University. The Vice Chancellor has kept a photograph of Jesus Christ on his table, Mr Ramachandra alleged.

He also said that Christians have been appointed to discharge temple duties, in violation of the temple norms. Mr Ramachandra alleged that Special Officer of TTD Dharma Reddy is behind all these illegal activities. He said an agitation would be launched under the leadership of Pejawar swamiji against all such attempts.

President of the Committee Rangaswamy, Vice President Shivaswamy and, Convenors Deendayal and Channabasappa were present.

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