Amit Shah offers prayers at Kottai Bhairavar temple in Tamil Nadu

Located on the northern side of the ASI-managed fort's outer walls, the temple is dedicated to Bhairavar, an aspect of Lord Siva.

ByPTI

Published May 31, 2024 | 9:27 AMUpdatedMay 31, 2024 | 9:27 AM

Amit Shah and his wife offfering prayers at the temple. (X)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah offered prayers at the Kottai Bhairavar temple at Tirumayam in Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, 30 May.

He was accompanied by his wife Sonal Shah to the roadside temple for the darshan and puja. Priests at the temple welcomed the couple with shawls and garlands.

“Prayed at the Kottai Bhairavar Temple in Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu. Sought blessings for the happiness and prosperity of all,” the minister later said in a post on social media platform X.

He posted photos of his darshan in the temple.

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‘Closely associated with Tamil culture’

Shah’s visit, which was earlier scheduled for April, exemplifies how he closely associated himself with Tamil culture and practices, BJP state chief K Annamalai said about the tour.

Located on the northern side of the Archaeological Survey of India-managed fort’s outer walls, the Kottai Bhairavar temple is dedicated to Bhairavar, an aspect of Lord Siva.

Besides Annamalai, party seniors, including H Raja, were among those who received Shah upon his arrival at the temple by road from the Tiruchirappalli airport.

The minister later left for Tirupati.

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Earlier plan was cancelled

“On 12 April, during the election campaign in TN, our Hon HM had to visit this temple but it was cancelled unfortunately due to adverse flying conditions,” Annamalai said in a post on X.

However, the Union minister resolved that he would visit the temple and seek the blessings of Bhairavar before the end of the elections, he said. “His visit today exemplifies how he closely associates himself with our Tamil culture & practices,” Annamalai said. He too posted photos of Shah’s trip.

Shah visited the Sathya Giriswarar temple at Tirumayam, too.

“It was a profoundly fulfilling experience to offer pooja at the Sri Sathyagiri Natha Perumal temple in Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu, today. May the Bhagwan Vishnu guide our way to fulfilling the aspirations of the nation,” Shah said in another social media post.

After offering prayers at the Sri Arulmigu Rajarajeswari Udanurai Satyagireeswarar Sivan temple in Pudukkottai, the minister said that although he was scheduled to visit the sacred temples in Tamil Nadu on 12 April, the programme was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

“May the Almighty bestow good health and happiness on all,” he said.

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