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Y V Subba Reddy, the man who presides over the world's richest shrine

Reddy's Wikipedia page has become a battleground for different political camps

Y V Subba Reddy, the new chairman of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
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Y V Subba Reddy, the new chairman of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

T E Narasimhan
On June 21, Y V Subba Reddy took a 12-km walk and entered through the Vaikuntam Queue Complex of the Tirumala Balaji Temple at Tirupati as a common pilgrim. Inside the temple, he performed several rituals with his family. A few hours later, he walked out a VVIP, freshly anointed as the chairman of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), a statutory body that manages one of the richest temples in the world. But this was a story not without controversial plot twists.

Reddy, 59, trekked on foot to reach the shrine and participated in the elaborate tulabharam — an offering of

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First Published: Jun 28 2019 | 9:04 PM IST

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