Telangana, 22 Feb: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao offered pure gold gifts at Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala worth Rs 5.45 crore.
Rao along with his family and his ministers visited Lord Balaji’s temple for the vow he had taken during his campaign for a separate Telangana.
KCR had ‘darshan’ at the hill shrine and performed rituals.
He arrived here in a special aircraft to hand over the 18.85 kg of ornaments to temple officials.
He also sought blessings of good position in the country for people of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Telangana CM KCR offered gold ornaments at Tirumala Temple,says he prayed for good position in country for ppl of both states (AP&Telangana) pic.twitter.com/9O3oI6p7MX
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The Chief Minister had pledged ornaments to various gods and goddesses in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh if his mission succeeded.
Mr Rao aka KCR presented a solid gold ornament to Lord Balaji and a nose-stud to Goddess Padmavati, both revered deities at Tirupati. He also presented a moustache of pure gold to the Veerabhadraswamy temple at Kuravi.
The Chief Minister took a special flight to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh for the Tirumala visit. Since Telangana was born in 2014, the government has picked up the tab for “gold offerings” at various temples even though Mr Rao took a personal pledge.
A team of three members was also formed to oversee the making of the ornaments.
In an instalment of his thank-you journeys in October, KCR presented a nearly 12 kg gold crown worth Rs. 3.5 crore to the Goddess Bhadrakali at Warangal. The Telangana government commissioned a prominent Hyderabad jeweller to make the crown.
Earlier, a crown and necklace were offered to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala and a nose stud to goddess Kanaka Durga in Vijayawada.
NDTV had earlier quoted how crores were spent in a religious event for Mr Rao in December 2015.
However, due to spending a large amount of money, he faced criticism from all around after which he clarified that his personal funds and “contributions from well-wishers” went into the event.
The criticism has not really created any blockage for the Chief Minister in his moves. In November, he shifted into a palatial new home which is spread over nine acres in the heart of Hyderabad. It includes a theatre for 250, homes for senior government officials and some offices.
The Vaastu-enabled building was originally meant to cost 35 crores, but the final payment was reportedly around 50 crores.