Prayers held at Chilkur Balaji temple to curb crimes against children

Hyderabad: There has been increase in incidents of child rape in the country.

In order to prevent such crimes from happening in the future, priests at Chilkur Balaji temple, also known as the Visa Balaji Temple, performed prayers on Saturday. It is one of the oldest temples and is located on the banks of Osman Sagar lake.

Three cows were taken around the sanctum sanctorum thrice by the priests amid chanting of vedic hymns, even as more than 1,500 devotees witnessed the pradakshinams or circumbulation.

Speaking to a media agency, the head priest C S Rangaraja said they prayed for divine protection for children. He said people should be vigilant and those who exploit children roam around like predators.

NT Bureau