Gold offerings to deities is part of Indian culture. Following this league Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhara Rao has made an offering of gold ornaments worth Rupees 5.6 crore on Wednesday. The offering was made at the Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. The offering was given to the Temple Executive Officer, D Sambasiva Rao. The offering included “Shaligram Haram” and “Makhara Kantabharanam” which is a golden garland and a multi-layer gold necklace which weighs about 19 kgs.
The offering was made by KCR to fulfill the vow he made if Telangana was to become a separate state in 2014. The fund for this offering was taken from the tax paid by the people of the state. Using it for this purpose has been opposed by many. For a new state like Telangana, tax payers money was used to vouch for personal vows made by the political leaders and not for public welfare. KCR has defended his actions by saying that the vow made was, for the people as at the end Telangana became a separate state. Hence the money was acquired from the Tax revenue.
K Chandrasekhara Rao had also built a nine acre bullet proof house for his family. Even the bathrooms are bulletproof and speculations have been raised about the source of funds for his dream house. This is not his first time making a gold offering to a deity. In October of last year KCR offered a gold crown that was worth 3.65 crores to goddess Bhadrakali in Warangal which weighed 11.7 kgs, a crown and necklace to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala and a nose stud to goddess Kanaka Durga in Vijayawada.
Government has imposed a limit on the spent on weddings. But why haven’t they imposed any restrictions on cases such as this? KCR will make further gold offerings later this week. A golden mustache will be offered at Veerabhadraswamy Temple in Kuravi. Other offerings have also been made. A wise leader would have used this for the welfare of the people rather than spending them on offerings that will give no direct help to the people.