Tirumala, Oct 2: Chief Minister Y S Rajashekara Reddy presented the traditional and sacred vastrams (silk clothes) to Lord Venkateswara Swamy on behalf of the state government on Dhawajarohanam day, the first day of the 9-day sri vari brahmotsavams on Wednesday, Oct 1.
Earlier the vastrams were offered to the Lord by the Chief Minister on Garudotsavam day (fifth day), but to avoid inconvenience to the pilgrims expected to be in lakhs to attend the fifth day and also for security reasons, the Chief Minister presented silk vastram on the first day instead of garudotsavam day.
At Bedi Anjaneya Swamy temple, priests, TTD executive officer K V Ramanachary and others received the Chief Minister and handed over the vastrams to him, which he carried on his head in a procession to Sri Vari temple.
Mr Reddy offered the vastrams to the lord by handing them over to the temple chief priest Ramana Deekshutulu.
After darshan, he made his offerings and came out of the temple accompanied by Endowments Minister J Rathnakara Rao and TTD Chairman D K Adhikesavulu Naidu.
In view of the recent bomb blasts across the country, unprecedented security was arranged in and around of the Tirumala hills and also at Tirupati for the Chief Minister's visit.