Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Sunday offered worship at the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple here.
Ms. Jayalalithaa was welcomed with full temple honours by the priests.
The Chief Minister donated from her personal fund a battery-operated five-seater car costing Rs. 4.5 lakh to enable the sick and handicapped people go around the temple, considered to be the biggest functioning Hindu shrine in the world as it covers an area of about 156 acres.
She was presented ‘prasadams’ and the portrait of the temple deity.
Another battery-operated car with ten seat capacity and costing Rs. 5.5 lakh was donated by the state government to the temple. Ms. Jayalalithaa was in the temple for 45 minutes and ’archanas’ (poojas) were performed in her name and birth star, temple sources said.
Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister Shanmughanathan and Finance Minister O Panneerselvam were also present.
Earlier she was given a rousing welcome when she arrived at Tiruchirappalli airport, 15 kms from here.
Ms. Jayalalithaa, who was elected to the state assembly by a margin of over 41,000 votes from Srirangam, is on a three-day thanksgiving visit to the constituency.