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TTD chief prays at Indrakeeladri

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Chairman Y.V. Subba Reddy on Sunday visited the Kanaka Durga temple atop Indrakeeladri hill and offered pattu vastrams to the presiding deity on behalf of the TTD on the eighth day of the Dasara festivities.

Later, addressing the media, Mr. Reddy said that he prayed to the goddess to shower her blessings on the State government for successful implementation of the ‘Navaratnalu’ and other government schemes. Temple Executive Officer M.V. Suresh Babu presented Mr. Reddy with a portrait of the goddess.

Thousands of pilgrims visited the temple to witness the presiding deity adorned as ‘Sri Durga Devi’. Four hundred vedic pundits from across the State visited the temple and chanted religious hymns in the name of the goddess, and each of them was given ₹4,000.

Minister takes stock

Endowments Minister Velampalli Srinivasa Rao visited the temple and inspected the services extended to devotees during their pilgrimage. He said that officials had assured him that there was no inconvenience caused to the pilgrims.

“By 6 p.m., close to 2 lakh pilgrims visited the temple and almost 1 lakh laddu prasadams were distributed to the pilgrims,” said Mr. Suresh Babu.

Source: thehindu.com

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