Hyderabad, Sept 21:
The Chief Minister, Mr K Rosaiah, on Monday felt that he was fortunate enough to present the traditional silk clothes (Pattu Vastralu) to Lord Venkateswara on the occasion of the ongoing Brahmotsavams at the world famous Tirumala Hills.
Before leaving for the temple town of Tirupati by flight, Mr Rosaiah told media persons here that in his capacity as the Chief Minister he was very fortunate that he was presenting the silk robes to the Lord. “I pray the God for the overall well being of the people of the nation and the State in particular. After taking up the reins of the State, Mr Rosaiah, accompanied by his wife, is visiting the world famous shrine for the first time in his present capacity.
The couple will present the traditional clothes to the Lord in Meena Lagna at 6.30 pm marking the inauguration of the nine-day-long Brahmotsavams of the deity. The Up Hills are tastefully decorated for the event and the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) authorities have made all the necessary arrangements for the smooth conduct of the occasion.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up on the Hills following the visit of the Chief Minister on Monday. Both on Tirumala and the Down Hills of Tirupati armed guards are seen posted at vulnerable points, a report from Tirupati says. After attending the celestial function, Mr Rosaiah is expected to take part in some welfare programmes in here on Monday.
The local MLA and founder president of the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP), Mr K Chiranjeevi, arrived here on Monday morning to take part in the Brahmotsavams. However, the PRP leaders here complained that the TTD authorities blatantly violated the protocol. “Mr Chiranjeevi, a local legislator, has not been officially invited for the Brahmotsavams,” they pointed out.