TIRUPATI: About 250 tribals from remote villages in Warangal district visited the Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on Tuesday and obtained His blessings.
These tribals were brought to the holy hill shrine by Sri Peetham (Kakinada) pontiff Sri Paripoornanda Swamy. The TTD made elaborate arrangements to provide ‘darshan’ of the Lord to these tribal devotees. Speaking on the occasion at the Asthana Mandapam, the pontiff said many tribals across the state were keen on visiting Tirumala and having the ‘darshan’ of the Lord.
“Such people need to be encouraged to stop their conversions into other religions. I thank the TTD EO and JEO for making arrangements for providing the ‘darshan’ of the Lord and distribution of ‘laddu prasadams’ to these tribal devotees. Our Peetham along with Hyderabad-based NGO Shruti Foundation is encouraging such people to visit Tirumala and have ‘darshan’ of the Lord”, he added.
MINISTER OFFERS PRAYERS TO LORD: Meanwhile, BC Welfare and Excise Minister of AP Kollu Ravindra offered prayers at the temple of Lord Venkateswara on Tuesday along with his family members. At the entrance of the Srivari temple, he was accorded a warm welcome by the TTD officials and temple priests.
Later, he offered prayers to the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara, Vakula mata, Ananda Nilayam, Vimana Venkateswara, Bhashyakarla Sannidhi and Yoga Narasimha Swamy in the sanctum sanctorum. After offering prayers, the Vedic Pundits rendered ‘Vedasirvachanam’ to the delegates at Ranganayakula Mandapam.
Temple Deputy EO Chinnamagari Ramana, Reception Deputy EO Venkataiah, OSD Damodar and other officials accompanied the minister in the temple.