Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao plans to visit Tirumala to present the idol of Lord Venkateswara Swamy two necklaces, besides a nose stud to goddess Padmavathi Ammavaru at Tiruchanuru.
KV Ramana Chary, advisor to the state government, told Times of India that the CM is also planning to offer a golden moustache to Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy, when he visits the temple on Shiva Rathri in February 2017.
He is also expected to offer another nose stud for the Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada, before the end of this month to fulfil his vow.
Before the state of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated, KCR had vowed that he would present gold ornaments to various gods and goddesses after the state of Telangana was carved out.
Ever since Telangana became a separate state in 2014, KCR has been gifting ornaments to idols in both the Telugu states.
(During Dasara festival)
The CM presented a Rs 3.5 crore worth golden crown to Goddess Bhadrakali in Warangal during the nine-day Dasara festival. KCR is reported to have commissioned the entire cost of the crown from the state government's coffers.
Earlier this year, he had offered gold ornaments worth Rs 5 crore, also from the state exchequer, to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala.
He approved Rs 5.59 crore from the Common Good Fund (CGF) of the Endowments Department to make gold ornaments for gods. A sum of Rs 59 lakh was earmarked for other deities.
(PTI: Ayutha Chandi Maha Yaga)
In December 2015, the chief minister conducted a 'Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam,' to please the gods, at his 120-acre farmhouse at Erravalli village in Telangana's Medak district. However, this was not without controversy, as the opposition BJP accused him of misusing government machinery for a personal event. Also CPI (M) in Telangana said that the 'yagam' being performed is against the Constitution as it promotes superstition among the people. However, KCR had claimed that the expenses which ran up to Rs 6 crore, had been paid by the family and well-wishers and no government money was misused.