Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala. The temple management honoured the minister with a sacred silk cloth and laddu prasadam while priests showered him with blessings, a top temple official said.
Singh flew in from Vijayawada last night on a 14-hour spiritual visit.
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After an overnight halt in the hills, the 66-year-old BJP veteran paid his obeisance to Lord Sri Venkateswara at the shrine in Sunup and following a brief break at the guest house, left for New Delhi.
It is his second visit to the 2000-year-old hill temple.
Earlier, the minister had worshipped at the ancient shrine on December 11, 2015, sources added.
Meanwhile, tight security was put in place in view of Singh’s visit.