Tirumala: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao along with members of his family donated offerings to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister spent about an hour performing pooja’s as per temple traditions and fulfilled the vow he had taken at the height of the separate Statehood movement.
Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam EO Sambasiva Rao and JEO Srinivasa Raju gave a traditional welcome to Rao and his wife. The couple formally handed over the ornaments to the Temple authorities. Special pooja was performed by chief priest of the temple A S Narasimha Deekshitulu. The chief minister and his family spent about 20 minutes at the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Venkateswara.
After the special pooja and darshan, the Chief Minister’s family dropped their offerings in the Hundi and were blessed by Vedic scholars who chanted Vedic hymns at Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Mandapam. The Temple authorities distributed Temple prasadam to the Chief Minister and his family members.
Rao later spoke to the devotees present in the premises.
Speaking to the media after coming out of the temple, the Chief Minister said: “I took a vow during the Telangana movement that I would present gold ornaments to Sri Venkateswara Swamy and Sri Padmavathy Ammavaru if separate Telangana State becomes a reality. Due to Lord Venkateswara Swamy’s blessings we got the Telangana State, and I am happy today that I have presented the ornaments and fulfilled my vow.”