Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, accompanied by his wife Saraswathi Sathasivam and AP High Court chief justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, offered prayers in the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati and Sri Padmavathi temple in Tiruchanur on Sunday.
On their arrival at Tirumala temple, Sathasivam, Sengupta and their entourage were accorded a grand reception by the temple priests with traditional ‘Isthikapal’ amid the chanting of vedic hymns. TTD chairman K Bapiraju and TTD executive officer MG Gopal escorted the dignitaries to the sanctum sanctorum.
A V Ramana Dikshitulu, one of the chief priests of Tirumala temple, explained the dignitaries about the significance of the Lord and the jewels that adorned the deity. The dignitaries spent a few minutes praying to Lord Venkateswara and later reached Ranganayakula Mandapam, where they were blessed with ‘Vedasirvachanam’.
TTD chairman offered the Lord’s silk vastram and prasadams while Gopal presented a laminated photo of Lord Venakteswara and Goddess Padmavathi to the CJI.
High Court judge Justice NV Ramana, TTD CV&SO GVG Ashok Kumar, district judge Ravi Babu, additional CV&SO Sivakumar Reddy, reception officials Venkataiah, Damodar, etc were present.