Controversies surrounding the Hindu religious temples mainly the world famous Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam in the appointments in the trust boards and other anti religious decisions taken by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu left the holy places in disarray.
The fresh controversy on the removal of TTD Chief Priest Ramana Dikshitulu and the latter's allegations against Chandrababu government in the maintenance of TTD gave ample indication that the government conspired to look the treasure trove of the rich temples in Andhra Pradesh.
It seems Chandrababu targeted to remove famous temples in the garb of development. The demolition of several temples in Vijayawada received strong criticism from many sections. The conduct of tantric rituals in Durga temple in Vijayawada and Srikalahasti has proved Chandrababu put the sanctity of famous temples at the stake.
Devotees also strongly objected overindulgence of the government in the affairs of the functioning of temples. They also questioned for targeting temples only. Allowing other religions to propagate their faith at the temples and the appointment of board members with non Hindu leaders also drew strong criticism from all quarters