Just two days after creating a huge controversy over offering gold ornaments worth Rs 5.6 crore at the famous Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao on Friday offered 'bangaru meesalu' (gold moustache) costing around Rs 75,000 at Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple.
Just two days after creating a huge controversy over offering gold ornaments worth Rs 5.6 crore at the famous Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati amid raging criticism over his massive donations to temples allegedly using taxpayers’ money, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao on Friday offered ‘bangaru meesalu’ (gold moustache) costing around Rs 75,000 at Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, reported ANI.
According to Indian Express, On February 22, Chandrasekhar Rao donated a Saligrama Haram (lotus model golden necklace) that is said to weigh 14.90 kg. He has also offered a five-row Kante (carcanet) that weighs 4.65 kg. In October last year, Chandrasekhar Rao presented a 12 Kg gold crown worth Rs 3.5 crore to Goddess Bhadrakali at Warangal. He had, earlier, presented a crown and a necklace to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala and a nose stud to Goddess Kanaka Durga in Vijayawada.
The main opposition Congress and the BJP in Telangana criticised Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for using public money to fulfil his “personal vows” made to Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh. It has been claimed that the money for the donations had come from CM Rao’s personal wealth, however, reportedly the money came from Common Good Fund for the Endowments Department, a fund meant for the up keep of renovate ramshackled temples.
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According to reports, prior to his Kuravi visit, he will offer prayers at the famed Ramalingeshwara Swamy temple at Keesaragutta. Chief Minister promised gold ornaments to various Gods and Goddess if Telangana is achieved.