Singapore President offers prayers at Lord Venkateswara Shrine, Tirumala
Amidst the furore of political hallabaloo prevailing over the various issues in Tirumala - Tirupathi, by virtue of Andhra Pradesh government political gestures, it is heartening and encouraging news that sometime during last Tuesday (December 20), the president of Singapore (S R Nathan along with his wife Mrs. Urmila Nandey) has offered his prayers to Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala.
On his arrival, he was accorded a warm reception by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam temple management. After prayers, the priests invoked the lord`s blessings. The TTD Board Chairman B Karunakara Reddy then offered him a sacred silk cloth and prasadam.
Temple sources told a news agency that this was Nathan`s second visit to the shrine, the earlier one being on December 11, 2004. The most coveted and impressive saying of the president is that "It is a private visit to the sacred hills. I have come here to seek the blessings of Lord Venkateswara and not to make any political statements.".