Burkha-clad Muslim women, accompanied by men and children, offered prayers at Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Swamy temple at Devunikadapa here on Ugadi festival on Monday.

Muslim women had darshan of Sri Venkateswara Swamy and Padmavathi Devi and presented coconut, fruits and camphor, along with rice and cereals to the presiding deities, as part of an age-old tradition symbolising communal amity in Kadapa. They offered prayers at the sanctum sanctorum, dhwaja stambham and balipeetham and received theertham and prasadam from the priests, who blessed them.

A devotee Basha who came with his family members said Muslims offer prayers to the Lord and his consort Bibi Nancharamma in a traditional manner, a practice in vogue since ages.

Hindu devotees too thronged several temples across Kadapa district.