Sri Krishna Devaraya’s ornaments haunting TTD

Both the world-famous pilgrim place Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and Government of Andhra Pradesh have been facing hard questions on the whereabouts of the ornaments the 16th century Vijayanagara ruler Sri Krishna Devaraya donated ornaments to the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirupati. Both TTD and government failing to give satisfactory replies to such questions. The reports of various enquiry commissions are geathering dust with out any follow-up action in this regard.

Now, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has also joined the row in questioning on whereabouts of these ornaments. It asked the Archaeological Survey of India, the Culture Ministry, the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the TTD in this regard.

In a stern order, Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu also asked the Prime Minister’s Office to make public the action contemplated by the Centre to declare the Tirumala temples as national monuments and to enforce international obligations to protect the world heritage structures and ornaments.

The order came on a plea of BKSR Ayyangar, who sought to know from the PMO what action the government had taken on his representation to declare the TTD Tirumala Temples as historical and national heritage monuments.

According to a report of the Director of Archaeology and Museums, Hyderabad, in 2011, a 20-member team had found that inscriptions on the walls of the Lord Venkateshvara Temple at Tirumala mention ornaments donated by Vijayanagara king Sri Krishna Devaraya. But the report says no ornament with the temple tallied with any of those donated by the king.

“It is not a wild allegation of the appellant, but a major finding by the director of the Ministry of Culture, which was not acted upon since 2011,” the order by the commission noted. The panel also said the ‘Tiruvabharanam’ register, in Tirumala temple since 1952, had no mention of ornaments received from Sri Krishna Devaraya.

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