Tirupati: The devotional passion of going to Tirumala on foot prompted a 54-year-old man from Srikakulam to climb the sacred hills for the 300th time on Saturday.
Mahanthi Srinivasa Rao, owner of an Ayurvedic medicine store, resident of Gudi Veedhi in the city of Srikakulam and devout devotee of Lord Venkateswara, completed his 300th time by walking to Tirumala via the Srivari Mettu pedestrian route.
He also found his place in the Asian Book of Records when he completed his 258th pilgrimage to Tirumala on foot in June 2020. Speaking to The Hans India before starting his journey, he said with associated great satisfaction. to immense devotion to the Lord that it was with the strength provided by the Almighty, which enabled him to climb holy hills on foot.
âI had started going to Tirumala on foot since 1996 when I was 28. Later I finished 85 times in 2016 and 50 times in 2017 when I fell into my 50s. 71 times in 2018, 50 times in 2019, twice in 2020 and 41 times in 2021. This is the 42nd time that I am going to Tirumala on foot today, âhe explained.
In preparation for the Tirumala trip, he said he would book the virtual seva online where there is a supply of darshan for devotees attending any virtual Arjitha Seva as well as accommodation and added that he will return to his hometown with full satisfaction after having had troubles. -darshan free from the Lord. Mahanthi said he also motivated people in Srikakulam on how to get hassle-free darshan and the low cost pilgrimage which enabled around 5,000-6,000 people in his city to have darshan from Lord until now.
His wife Saraswathi who has also had Venkateswara Swamy’s darshan 55 times while walking to Tirumala and his son M Anjaneya Rakesh who has also come to Tirumala 27 times on foot so far, supported him on his journey from devotion to Tirumala every time, he said. to India Hans.
He will continue to visit Tirumala on foot as long as his health permits with the grace of God, he said.