Every day, large donations are made to Indian temples in the name of faith, and one of them is the Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh. Recently, devoted devotees of Lord Venkateswara Swami presented the deity with a golden sword valued at Rs 4 crore, images of which have gone viral on social media.
M Srinivasa Prasad, a devotee from Hyderabad, presented the temple with the Swarna Nandaka (Golden Sword), which weighs approximately 6.5 kg.
On Monday morning, the couple presented the gold sword to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) officials. However, prior to donating the sword, the couple displayed it in front of the media on Sunday at the Collective Guest House in Tirumala. According to reports, the Srinivas couple intended to hand over the sword last year, but the plan was put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.
Srinivas, who presented the golden sword to the temple, stated, “For the past year, I have desired to present the golden sword Surya Katari to the temple, but the temple was closed due to corona.” Finally, his wish was granted on Monday.
The sword, dubbed ‘Surya Katari,’ was constructed over a six-month period by specialist jewellers in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The gold sword, which weighs six and a half kilogrammes, was constructed for approximately Rs 1.8 crore but is now valued at approximately Rs 4 crore.
Previously, Thanga Dorai, a well-known textile trader from Teni in Tamil Nadu, donated a gold sword to Lord Venkateswara at Menthirumala in 2018.
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