President visits shrine in Tirumala
President Mahinda Rajapaksa offered prayers at the Lord Venkateswara
shrine in Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh, India yesterday.
The President, who was on a two-day visit to the holy shrine
participated in the Suprabhata Seva - a pre-dawn ritual performed in the
He was accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and several
other officials. Reports from India said he turned down VVIP entry to
the Mahadwaram entry point and reached the temple complex through the
Vaikuntam queue complex along with other pilgrims.
The temple high priests honoured the visiting Lankan President with
the silk vastram of the presiding deity while the TTD's Joint Executive
Officer K.S. Srinivasa Raju presented him with the Laddu Prasadam and
memento of the presiding deity. The President returned to the island
yesterday around 7.30 p.m.