Tirumala, Oct 10 : The economic slowdown has impacted slightly on the world famous Srivari Hundi collections during the 9-day annual brahmotsavams, which concluded on Tuesday night at the world renowned Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala even as the pilgrim footfall increased compared to previous year.
About 7.07 lakh pilgrims had darshan at the Tirumala temple during the 9-day festival this year compared to 5.90 lakh devotes during the corresponding period in previous year. Despite a huge rise in number of devotees, the Hundi collections registered at Rs 20.40 crore this year compared to Rs 20.52 crore in corresponding period in last year.
This year about 3.23 lakh devotees offered their hair to the lord Baljai during the 9-day festival as compared to 2.17 lakh last year, 50 per cent increased. During the 9-day annual brahmotsavams, the TTD had kept a buffer stock of 8.5 lakh but during the festival, it had sold 34.01 lakh laddu prasadam as compared to 24.01 lakh in previous year.(UNI)