A shocking incident came to light near the Tirumala temple on Friday, as a 40-year man lost his life in the early hours of the day. The incident occurred around 5 30 am. While police and witnesses initially believed that the death was an accident, it was later found to have been a suicide.
While the identity of the deceased is yet to be determined, police believe that he is from Tamil Nadu. A temple official told PTI that this was the first time such an incident had happened there.
Meanwhile, the hill temple Agama Sastra Advisor A V Ramana Dikshitulu told reporters that various āpurification ritualsā were conducted at the temple since the incident took place at a street close to the shrine. "It is not appropriate to end oneās life forcefully and indulging in such acts at a holy place is a sin," he added.
Dikshitulu also said that there was a superstition regarding suicides among devotees. āThereās a superstition that if one sacrifices their body in Tirumala, they will attain a form of salvation,ā he said, calling it an irrational belief. He said that devotees taking such measures was very upsetting. āNatural death is fine, it can be thought of as a blessing, but taking oneās life is a very upsetting thing. Please do not take such harsh decisions in Tirumala. Letās ensure a peaceful atmosphere for visiting devotees,ā he said.
Commenting on the incident, TTD Chairman Y V Subba Reddy reportedly appealed to devotees not to take their own lives with the blind belief that they will get āmokshaā (salvation) at Tirumala. He also cautioned TTDās vigilance officials to guard against such foolish and superstitious acts of devotees, according to TTD.
According to ToI, the Tirumala police have registered a case. The manās body has been sent for post-mortem.
With PTI inputs
If you are aware of anyone facing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some helpline numbers:
State health department suicide helpline number - 104
Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in TN
Telangana government suicide prevention toll free no - 104
Roshni- 040-66202000, 6620200SEVA- 09441778290, 040 - 27504682 (between 9 AM and 7 PM)
Sahai : 24-hour helpline numbers: 080- 65000111, 080-65000222
Maithri helpline - 0484-2540530
Chaithram helpline: 0484-2361161
Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.
Life Suicide Prevention Helpline No.78930-78930
Roshni Helpline 1: 9166202000 Helpline 2: 9127848584