Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Amitabh Bachchan Donated Rs. 51 Lakh to Tirupati Temple

Amitabh Bachchan has recently donated Rs. 51 lakh to Tirupati temple for the free health and education services to the poor people and orphan children. Amitabh Bachchan went to the temple in order to seek prayer for the upcoming marriage ceremony of his son Abhishek Bachchan with Aishwarya Rai. Amitabh Bachchan was accompanied by his friends political leader Amar Singh and industrialist Anil Ambani, who also donated Rs. 51 lakh each. The marriage ceremony of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai will be held on 20th of April. Times of India reported:

Eyewitnesses say that even as the superstar placed the wedding invitation card at the feet of the deity, the temple priests began reciting hymns and performed 'Aaseervachanam' and sprinkled 'Akshata' (holy rice), turmeric and kumkum on the wedding card. Later Big B dropped the card in 'Sri Vari Hundi' (a holy container where devotees drop their offerings) the first invitation was thus offered to the Lord seeking his blessings for the couple.

The three donated Rs 51 lakh each towards the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam (TTD)-run Pranadanam, Annadanam and Balamandir Trusts which are aimed to provide free surgeries, free food to pilgrims and take care of orphans respectively. They handed over the cheques to TTD executive officer A P V N Sharma. Each of them has reportedly donated Rs 17 lakh towards each trust.

All the three arrived here in a special flight from Mumbai around 7.30 am and had darshan of the Lord at 8.30 am. The three entered the sanctum sanctorum through the special entrance for VVIPs and offered prayers for about 15 minutes. Later, they were led to Ranganayakula Mandapam where they were given 'prasadam' of the Lord amid chanting of Vedic hymns. The priests presented them with holy 'Vastram' (piece of cloth) and blessed them with 'Veda Aaseervachanam'.

Amitabh Bachchan is used to visiting Tirupati temple five or six times a year. The marriage ceremony has already created a huge attention in India. It is nice to see that Amitabh Bachchan and his friends have donated a good amount for the education and healthcare of the orphan children.

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