The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) managing the Sri Venkateswara temple in Tirupati has opened its hundi (donation box) for pilgrims to deposit Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 although they are no longer legal tender since November 9. Recently, it opened a second box to facilitate such donations.
TTD Board member J. Sekhar said there was no bar on pilgrims dropping the old currency. The management had ‘no issues’ in depositing the people’s offerings into the TTD account. “Pilgrims offer whatever they can and want. There is no specific instruction on the demonetised currency,” he said.