Sri Lanka President made to wait as driver fails to turn up in time
INDIA: Senior officials of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Sunday faced embarrassment as the visiting Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena was forced to wait in his car as the driver did not turn up in time. The incident exposed the lack of coordination between the TTD officials and the Tirupati urban district police. The local police have ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Soon after the darshan of the presiding deity, Lord Sri Venkateswara, and temple rituals in Tirumala, Sirisena was escorted by the TTD officials to his car. The Sri Lanka President got into the vehicle and much to the embarrassment of senior officials including the police, the car driver was not around.
Temple officials searched for the driver and after a few minutes they found him inside the temple. The driver reportedly went for the darshan and failed to return in time, forcing the VVIP to wait in the car. The President’s convoy came from Karnataka. The driver also hailed from the neighbouring state.
The President visited the temple early on Sunday. He was accompanied by his wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari and son Daham Sirisena. Earlier, on his arrival, Sirisena was welcomed by TTD chairman Ch Krishnamurthy, TTD executive officer D Sambasiva Rao and Tirupati joint executive officer Pola Bhaskar.
According to an official statement, after the darshan of Lord, the President was given holy water – Teertham. He was extended `Satari’ honours. He was also presented with `prasadams’ and a laminated photo of the Lord. The President and his family members participated in the Suprabhatham Seva.
(Times of India)
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The entire Hindu Network in India and Canada have been commercialised beyond recognition.
In most temples in India, common devotees stand in a line to enter the precinct. The VIP’s are rushed through (this was the case with Prez MY3) for publicity and the well-heeled resort to bribery to jump the line.
There’s no religion or rituals in those temples; only fancy ceremonies and golden shawls to convince the VIP’s and well-healed that they have been blessed. It all commercial; temple operations are earning the ‘owners’ millions every day.
On the contrary, Temples in Sri Lanka are well disciplined and offer a place for all to seek blessings and healing. Visits to the Nallur Kandaswami Kovil and Keerimalai are truly invigorating and healing experiences. I encourage S Fernanado and Amarakoon to visit these place to attain enlightenment.
Thuleepan Somasundaram Please don’t compare Canada and India. In India’s absolute poverty hidden by this IT revolution.
Canada was a beautiful and quite country until you lot went there and start all kind of troubles.
May be the Gods gave a warning to HE Sirisena. A glorified Driver (Pilot) of Sri Lankan-air in Frankfurt failed to report for 15 hours owing drinking and subsequently fired! Hope same will not happened this poor driver. BTW, our good friend Mr. T. Somasundarm invited me and brother Ranjith to visit Nallur Kovil in Jaffna. While thanking his good gesture, I will ask HE Sirisena why he bypassed Nallur Kovil to get enlightened in Thirupathy?
Ah I remembered he said that, MR visited Indian temples to gain power.
Now what he did?
People are still BLIND folded. LOL
These Fools will never learn.
Well, it was nothing like people in Sri Lanka waiting for Local Government election!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who want to bet whether it is finally going to be held on the said date by his excellency?
Local Government Elections? That is the last thing which the right-thinking masses want.
All the gun-toting, drug-peddling representatives, Separate State philosophising ex-judges being elected to Prov Councils.
Give us a break, we are better off without those horrible Provincial Councils with stupid, blabbering idiots wielding power supported by corrupt bureaucracy.
The day they are elected, they will all rush for their ‘golden egg’ called ‘car permits’ and sell Luxury Land Cruisers to thambiya mudalalis.
Prez MY3, please, if you can, scrap the Provincial Councils.
Yes, Mr. Yakada Master PCs are another unnecessary bureaucratic layer for getting things moving swiftly. Are we better off with PCs. Have we done better than the system before? How much money SL going save if we scrap PCs?