In what would be the touching news for many is 35 visually challenged devotees got darshan in Tirumala after they were volunteered to climb the hill by foot ably assisted by Chennai resident Satish Palani, who is working as a scribe for visually impaired students.
Tirumala which has a special darshan for visually challenged and senior citizens who were aged above 65, where it’s official website says that the darshan is arranged “through a separate gate from Dakshina Mada Street. The pilgrims falling under this category will be allowed in two different slots at 10am and 3.00pm everyday on showing the age proof id-cards / relevant medical certificates and shall report 2 hours before the respective time slot.The pilgrim who availed the Special Darshan can not avail again till 90 days.”
“Three of them struggled to walk the steps, so we provided them vehicle assistance. We reached the temple early on Saturday.,” said Satish.
The pilgrims were described about each and every aspect to make them feel the vibrancy and the happenings of the sanctum. TTD officials allowed the team members to sit in front of the Lord for about 20 minutes which is a great gesture since the devotees hardly get few seconds to get the darshan of the Lord irrespective of the time they had spent reaching there.
The idea was conceived during the visit to an old-age home in Whitefield,Bengaluru where a a couple of my visually challenged friends conveyed their grievance, said Satish.