Muslim devotee of Lord Venkateshwara donates Rs 1 crore to TTD

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Abdul Ghani, a Muslim devotee of Lord Venkateshwara, donated Rs 1.02 crore in cash and goods to the Tirupati temple on Tuesday.

The Chennai-based businessman is a devout follower of Srinivasa – as Lord Venkateswara is also known – and had also given several gifts to the famous Hindu temple in the past.

At the start of the spread of Covid-19 in the country in March 2020, Ghani donated a vehicle-mounted multi-dimensional sprayer which helped officials from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams to disinfect temple premises.

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Subeena Banu and Abdul Ghani, along with their children, had a darshan from Lord Venkateswara on Tuesday. Their donation of Rs 1 crore includes furniture and utensils worth Rs 87 lakh for the newly renovated Sri Padmavathi guest house.

The Ghani family handed over a draft request for Rs 15 lakh intended for the SV Annaprasadam Trust to a senior TTD official at Ranganayakula Mandapam inside the temple.

At a time when religious fanaticism attempts to build walls between communities, Ghani’s devotion to Lord Venkateshwara transcends those boundaries.

Talk to DH earlier, Ghani said he has been visiting the temple for over 25 years.

Asked how he became Govinda’s devotee, Ghani said, “It’s a relationship I’d like to keep a secret. It is a mutual understanding between him and me.

“Venkateswara, Allah or Jesus… I believe that God is one. The ultimate challenge we face now is that people don’t understand this simple equation,” says Ghani.

Some of Ghani’s donations to TTD include an air-conditioned truck for transporting vegetables to the TTD-run Nitya-annadaana facility near the temple.

Brahmotsavam festivities

Meanwhile, TTD officials are preparing for Lord Venkateshwara’s annual Brahmotsavams starting September 27.

To be held publicly after a gap of two years due to Covid-19 restrictions, the TTD has planned a spectacular display of folk performances and puranic episodes as part of cultural programs accompanying the vahana sevas.

No less than 88 cultural teams from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha and Puducherry will showcase their regional arts and dance forms during the nine days of heavenly festivities .

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