Mystery of the Pink Diamond
The world’s richesT temple Tirupati Tirumala devasthanam finds itself in a raging controversy when its ousted chief priest A V ramana dheekshitulu made public a series of allegations of loot and plundering of the temple’s wealth and the missing jewellery of the lord by the chandrababu Naidu government. in a controversial media briefing, the ex-priest pulled the rug from under the Tirumala Tirupati devasthanams (TTd) administration and its alleged nexus with the government. he alleged that the temple administration is being controlled by the state government and has been indulging in misuse of power to make money by selling the sevas allotted to common man and the jewellery of lord Balaji being looted from the temple. “A few months ago, a pink diamond was auctioned in Geneva for rs 500 crore. when i saw the photo of the auctioned diamond in a newspaper, i immediately felt that it was similar to the one which used to be in the platinum necklace of lord Venkanna,” he said. The former chief priest also alleged that several precious pieces of antique jewellery offered to the lord by Maharajas have gone missing since 1996 and demanded a detailed cBi investigation. he also said that only jewellery and ornaments that were donated in recent times were being used to decorate the deity. A pink diamond, as in the records of the devasthanams, is stated to have been broken into pieces when coins were flung at the deity by devotees. This issue was brought at the forefront by the ex-priest during BJP President, Amit shah’s recent visit to the temple. whether the temple funds have been used to sustain political parties, sure needs a clarification.