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Watermelon — A forbidden fruit on Tirumala

from The Hans India

People thronging Tirumala shrine are raising eye-brows over officials banning the sale of watermelons, most desired fruit in summer, linking it with straying of leopards onto the abode of Lord Balaji. Of late, watermelons have joined the list of banned goods – cigarettes, meat and liquor. The security personnel at Alipiri check-post at the foot of Tirumala Hills are thoroughly searching goods and allowing fruits to Tirumala only after ensuring that there are no watermelons among them. more

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