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RELIGION- Price of Devotion at Tirupathi

machines which are not designed to take the tremendously high calorific value of the imported stuff. Interestingly, some of the leading private TILL about 10th century, the Tirumala temple was not considered particularly important or holy. At the beginning of the 10th century, when Saivaite influence gained prominence, Sri Vaish- nava leaders were forced to seek some place where there was no room for sectarian controversy. The Tirumala temple, where no settled form of wor- aip had been established till then, was thus chosen by Sri Vaishnava leaders. A silver image of the Lord was duly consecrated (in 966) and subsequently the high ideals of Nammalvar put into practice contributed to the growth in the popularity of the temple. The temple enjoyed considerable prosperity, especially under the Vijayana- gara kings.

RELIGION-Serving God and Mammon in TTD

January 6, 1979 RELIGION Serving God and Mammon in TTD Bhaskara Venugopal RELIGIOUS institutions like tern- pies, endowments, dharmadayams and maths in Andhra Pradesh are control- led by the Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments (AP CHRIE) Act I960. By Section 110 of this Act, five other acts that were in force ceased to operate' Curiously, with this repeal, an important provision made by the Charitable and Religious Trusts Act, 1920 which extended to the whole of India stood removed. Under Section 3 of the CRT Act 1920, "any person having in- . . . may apply by petition to the . . for particulars as to the 'nature and objects of the Trust or as to any of these matters' and "the accounts of the trust". There is no substitute to this section under the AP CHRIE Act I960.

RELlGION-Finances of Tirumala-Tirupathi Temples

Finances of Tirumala-Tirupathi Temples Bhaskara Venugopal NOT only is Lord Venkateswara the most attractive Hindu deity of this age; the Tirumala-Tirupathi Devastanams (TTD) finances also provide an intei- esting subject for study. The TTD Budget for 1978-79 touches a magnificent figure of Rs 17.55 crores.

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