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The Sri Venkateswara temple atop Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh will remain closed for nearly 13 hours on December 26, owing to the complete solar eclipse.
"As the solar eclipse commences at 8.08 am and concludes by 11.16 am, as a tradition, the temple doors will be closed on December 25 by 11 pm itself and will be opened at 12 pm on December 26," said an official statement from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthnam (TTD)
After the completion of rituals, the devotees can continue their darshan after 2 pm.
"The devotees are requested to make a note of these changes and plan their pilgrimage accordingly," the TTD said.
The Hindu temples world over have the practice of shutting down their doors during the eclipses and Tirumala, which is one of the richest temples in the world also follows the same to give way for purification rituals during the eclipse.
Meanwhile, the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari offered prayers in the Padmavathi Devi temple at Tiruchanoor on Sunday, which is also overseen by the TTD.
TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy and Joint Executive Officer (JEO) P Basant Kumar received the senior judge.
Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police Gajarao Bhupal and Temple Deputy Executive Officer Jhansi Rani were among those who were present.
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