Sonia visits Tirumala temple

Staff Reporter

TIRUMALA: United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson and AICC president Sonia Gandhi offered prayers at the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara here on Saturday.

Accompanied by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, APCC president K. Kesava Rao and Union Minister T. Subbirami Reddy she reached the main entrance of the temple complex `Mahadwaram' through the darshan queue lines like any other `common pilgrim.' The priests received them with the traditional temple honours. She reverentially bowed her head when they applied `tilak' on her forehead. Later she was led into the sanctum sanctorum where she stood in front of the main deity for nearly 10 minutes and offered prayers. The chief priest presented her with the `Sesha vastram' of the Lord.

She visited the various shrines inside the temple complex and deposited offerings at the `hundi.' She also visited the Ranganayakula mandapam where the priests rendered `Vedasirvachanam' while chairman of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams B. Karunakar Reddy presented her with various devotional song CDs, photos and prasadam.

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