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|November 7, 1998||
It takes Rs 600 to meet the maker
Madras now offers quick access to god.
Sorry, we know that's a 'clever' statement. Here's the explanation:
The god in question is Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala. And the access promised is just that: physical access to his temple.
In view of the large number of Lord Venkateswara devotees, the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation now propose to launch a day-long air-conditioned bus tour to Tirumala. The charge is pretty steep -- Rs 600 per head, inclusive of lunch and tickets for 'instant darshan' - but so what?
Talking to newspersons, Tourism Minister Suresh Rajan said the tour would be operated four days a week.
More of such tours would soon be launched to Vaishnava sacred places beyond Madurai, and to Puttaparthi, he added.
He said the TTDC has bought two 18-seaters, two 10-seaters and a luxury bus. Two more luxury buses would be purchased shortly.
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