Pilgrims visiting the Lord Venkateswara temple near here will not be allowed to pray at the shrine for six days from August 11 owing to the conduct of a special ritual, a senior temple official said on Saturday.
The six-day ‘Astabandhan Balalaya Mahasamprokshanam’ ritual is being held after 12 years to fix minor breaches and holes that have developed naturally in the sanctum sanctorum of the ancient shrine on the Tirumala Hills, he told PTI.
Chairman of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanoms (TTD) Putta Sudhakara Yadav, told mediapersons that the devotees would also not be allowed to travel on all routes, including the 10-km-long stairway leading to the shrine.
The restriction would be in effect till the crack of dawn on August 17, he added.
The TTD governs the administration of the hill shrine.