Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani on Friday offered his prayers at the Lord Venkateshwara temple in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati district. After offering prayers at the famous hill shrine, he made an offering of Rs 1.5 crore to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which is an independent trust which manages temples such as the Lord Venketeshwara temple.
Ambani, who was accompanied by his son Anant’s fiancee Radhika Merchant and Reliance Retail Ltd Director Manoj Modi, had darshan and participated in the rituals performed by the temple priests. He later reached Ranganayakula Mandapam and handed over the DD to TTD executive officer A V Dharma Reddy.
In an image that is going viral on social media, the industrialist was also seen receiving blessings from an elephant. Ambani later visited TTD Goshala and appreciated the efforts by the temple body in promoting cow worship across the country.
YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MPs Vijayasai Reddy, M. Gurumoorthy and MLA Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy were also present.
After a brief stay at a guest house in the hills, Ambani along with the others were also reported to have taken part in a sacred holy bath at the temple. Speaking to the media, the business tycoon said that he is happy to visit the Tirupati temple and that the temple is getting better with each passing year.
Earlier, on September 12, Ambani and Radhika had also paid a visit to the Shrinathji temple in Rajasthan's Rajsamand district to offer their prayers. Ambani is also reported to have had an informal conversation with a temple priest about the launch of the 5G internet service, temple officials said. However, no official announcement has been made about this.
With IANS inputs
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