Tirumala Devasthanams wants to be designated as a "no tobacco zone"
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Tirupati : The Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the world's richest Hindu temple body, is working to have Tirumala designated as a "No Tobacco Zone" by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Consumption of liquor and non-vegetarian food, as well as smoking cigarettes and tobacco consumption in any form, is strictly prohibited in and around the temple, according to the State Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Act. The TTD has been enforcing this rule in its entirety for several decades.
Hundreds of security guards stationed at the Alipiri checkpoint and along the twin pedestrian routes leading to Tirumala conduct extensive baggage screening every day to ensure that no prohibited substances, including tobacco products, are transported to Tirumala, as this is thought to compromise the sanctity of the holy hill town.
The world-famous Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu was recently designated as a tobacco-free zone by the World Health Organization. Following state government orders, the TTD is now attempting to obtain a similar 'Tobacco-Free Region' designation for Tirumala.