TIRUMALA, NOVEMBER 1: Following the clarion call given by the Joint Executive Officer of Tirumala Sri K S Sreenivasa Raju, the strong work force of TTD especially the 4000 odd employees working in Tirumala took oath to protect the sanctity of the abode of Lord Venakteswara.

In the wake of proselytization attempts by an evangelic group which created flutters in Tirumala, the JEO of Tirumala, took a novel step to assemble all the employees of TTD in traditional Indian dress wearing tilak and made a oath with them in his office premises at Gokulam Guest House in Tirumala on Saturday.

Later addressing the employees he said, the entire Hindu community, which happens to be the oldest Dharma in this great country, has given a pride place to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTDs) of being the country’s richest and biggest custodian of Hindu Sanatana Dharma which administers the world famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara. “So the entire world looks at us on our each and every action or inaction. Our salaries are being paid out of the offerings made the pilgrims. So it become the foremost responsibility and duty of every employee of TTD to abide towards the protection of the sanctity of the temple. If some miscreants are trying to defame the reputation of our temple and institution, every employ should become a vigilance sleuth and come forward to protect the sanctity and pristine glory of Lord Venkateswara since we are the identity of Hindu Religion”, he maintained.

Earlier, the Srivari temple Deputy EO Sri C Ramana advocated that no force can distract the unity of the strong employee work force of TTD. “For us the glory of Lord Venakteswara and reputation of the institution are more important than our families. So we all should be strong enough to fight any consequences pertaining to our Lord and religion. I thank JEO on behalf of our employees for this novel act and we will stand by the oath till our last breath”, he added.

HODs of various departments, vigilance sleuths, archakas took part in the oath taking ceremony.