Published: Sat, February 25, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

KCR accorded tumultuous welcome on his maiden visit to Tirupati

KCR, as the chief minister is better known, will visit the famed shrine of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirupati onWednesday to present gold ornaments worth almost Rs 5.5 crore to fulfil a vow taken during the agitation for a separate state.

According to a report on News18, Rao had pledged to offer precious ornaments to various gods and goddesses across south India if Telangana achieved independent statehood. Accompanied by family members and some cabinet colleagues, Rao arrived here last night by a special flight on a 15-hour maiden spiritual visit to the ancient temple.

"It was surprising to see the turnout of crowds at the airport to see KCR".

In an extreme generosity with the taxpayers' money, the CM donated gold ornaments worth Rs 5.5 crore from the Common Good Fund of the Endowments Department of the Government of Telangana, a fund earmarked for the renovation of dilapidated temples, to Tirupati temple that earned Rs 2,600 crore revenue past year alone and is one of the richest temple in the world. Before leaving for Hyderabad, Rao also offered his obeisance and made a gold offering at the shrine of Sri Padmavathi in Tiruchanur.

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KCR is on a two-day trip to the temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh to offer gold and silver ornaments to Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala hills and Goddess Padamavati at Tiruchanoor nearby.

The chief minister is expected to present a 14.20 kg Saligram Haram, a golden necklace costing about Rs 3.70 crore and 4.65 kg Kanta Abharanam costing Rs 1.20 crore. KCR donated gold ornaments to the presiding deity, at the Ranganayukulu mandapam.

He will also present a nose stud to Goddess Padmavati during his visit. The offering had raised many eyebrows as the funds for the gift were drawn from the state Common Good Fund of the Endowments Department, which is meant to renovate and help old, broken-down places of worship.

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