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.

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