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Ash-Abhi seek divine blessings

April 22, 2007 17:50 IST

Newly-wed Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on Sunday sought blessings of Lord Venkateshwara at the famous hill shrine at Tirumala near in Tirupati.

The Bollywood stars, who entered wedlock on Friday, were in the sanctum sanctorum for about ten minutes, temple sources told PTI.

Abhishek's father Amitabh Bachahan, mother Jaya Bachchan, noted industrialist Anil Ambani and his wife Tina accompanied the couple. During their stay at the sanctum sanctorium, the priests chanted prayers and offered them the celestial ghee lamp 'arathi,' the sources said.      

Later, chief priest Sri Ramana Dikshithulu showered 'divine blessings' upon the couple at the Sri Ranganayaka Mandapa in the temple. Abhishek and Aishwarya also made some cash offerings in the Hundi (offering Box) situated at Dwarapalas Mandapam close to the sanctum sanctorium, the sources said.

Abhishek and Aishwarya also offered prayers at the sacred golden altar and the traditional golden flag mast at the shrine. Temple officials distributed sacred silk cloths, holy water and 'laddu prasadam' to the guests.

Abhishek was attired in a white kurta while Aishwarya was wearing a red saree. Tight security arrangements had been put in place in and around the shrine and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam's three palatial guest houses in view of the visit of the celebrities.

The couple and the entourage consisting of about 40 people arrived here at 0900 hours. About a dozen luxury cars were pressed into service to take them to the hills from Renigunta airport, about 15 km from Tirupati.

Ahead of the marriage, Amitabh Bachchan accompanied by Anil Ambani and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh offered prayers at the hill temple on Sunday last and offered Rs 51 lakh each to the temple.

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