The famous Hindu temple Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara temple has closed doors from 4.30 pm on Aug.7 to 2 am on Aug 8 on the occasion of a Lunar eclipse.
According to the traditions, the temple authorities close the doors of the shrine six hours prior to the eclipse.
The Lunar eclipse is locally known as ‘Chandra Grahanam’ will last from 10:52 PM on August 7, till 12:48 AM of August 8.
“After performing punyahavachanam, shuddhi, the early morning Arjitha Sevas will be performed as usual. The Sarva Darshan will commence by 7 AM on August 8. Even no food will be served to devotees, either in Annaprasadam Complex or in queues. Therefore, we appeal to the devotees to plan their trip to Tirumala keeping in view the lunar eclipse”, said Tirumala JEO, KS Sreenivasa Raju.
Meanwhile, TTD has cancelled Arjitha Sevas including Visesha Puja, Kalyanotsavam, Unjal Seva, Arjtha Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deeplankara Seva on August 7. Where as Thomala and Archana will be performed as Ekantham. Earlier in the day, Vice President elect Venkaiah Naidu had visited the temple and offered prayers to the Lord.