Before worshiping, he took part in the ‘Suprabhatha’ recitation ritual in the sanctum sanctorum, temple sources said. Later, the temple priests blessed them while the shrine’s management presented them with a sacred silk cloth, prasadam and holy water.
Mr Rajapaksa arrived in Tirupati from Bodh Gaya on Friday evening on a pilgrimage amidst protests by activists of DMK, MDMK and some outfits from Tamil Nadu who were taken into preventive custody.
The two-day pilgrimage to India commenced with a visit to the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya in Bihar.
Various Tamil Nadu parties, including DMK and MDMK, staged protests held under the banner of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation, which Karunanidhi had revived some months ago. Tight security arrangements had been put in place at the airport, and along the 33-km road from the airport to Tirumala.
Reacting to the widespread protests against the visit, President Rajapaksa said that in a democratic country like India every body has the right to protest. “You people come to Sri Lanka to know the truth….” he said.