Sri Lankan President prays at Tirumala shrine

Tirupati: Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lankan President, offered prayers Tirumala hill shrine yesterday. He was accompanied by wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari and other family members and some government officials.

The island nation’s leader arrived at Tirupati on Tuesday and stayed overnight at the TTD guest house. Early morning yesterday he visited the temple and offered prayers to Lord Venkateswara, the presiding deity.

Sirisena spent about half an hour at the temple and he was presented with a sacred silk cloth, a framed photo of Lord Venkateswara and ‘prasadam‘ by the officials of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).

He received blessings from the priests at Sri Ranganayakula Mandapam. Sirisena would leave for Bangalore and fly back to Colombo, said media reports.

NT Bureau