TIRUMALA, India: Two of the laddu counters in the Laddu Prasadam Complex beside the Srivari temple on Tirumala were formally entrusted to the International
Society for Krishna Consciousness today.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, with a view to streamlining the maintenance of the laddu counters which are being maintained by the TTD and banks, decided to avail the services of Iskcon and entrusted two counters to it on an experimental basis.
Only ISKCON’s volunteers will man the counters and issue laddus to devotees as per the tokens and will not be involved in any other activity. The counters were inaugurated by Iskcon Tirupati chapter president Revathi Ramana Das in the presence of TTD joint executive officer (Tirumala) K. Bhaskar, CVSO M.K. Singh and ISKCON Tiruapti vice-president Rupesh Prabhu.
Ramana Das said Iskcon devotees would voluntarily man the counters with dedication and in the firm belief that serving devotees is serving the Lord. TTD officials said they entrusted the two counters to ISKCON for better transparency in laddu sale.
The TTD also permitted Iskcon to maintain a small refreshment stall at the 7th Mile Point on the footpath to Tirumala. The food will be provided at subsidised prices to devotees.