Tirumala, Mar 3: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offered prayers to Lord Venkateswara during Suprabhata Seva here on Sunday.
The Sri Lanka Prime Minister and his spouse Maitree Wickremasinghe offered prayers during the pre-dawn ritual at 3 am. TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal and Tirumala Joint Excutive Officer KS Sreenivasa Raju welcomed them at Mahadwaram and accompanied them during darshan.
Before having darshan of Lord Venkateswara, the Sri Lanka Prime Minister offered Tulabharam equal to his weight. Tulabharam is an age-old tradition in Tirumala where a devotee wishes to offer sugar, rice, jaggery or amount equivalent to the weight of his or her body.
Mr Wickremesinghe offered Rs.16,160, the amount equalling to his body weight with each kilo costing Rs.202 in Rupee 1 of Indian Currency. Later the Lankan PM was offered Vedasirvachanam at Ranganayakula Mandapam by the Vedic pundits.
He was later presented with Silk Vastram, Theertha Prasadams and a laminated photo of Lord Venkateswara by TTD EO and Tirumala JEO. (UNI)