On Monday, a Hyderabad-based businessman offered a sword worth Rs. 1 crore to Lord Venkateswara at the Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh. Sources reveal that the sword weighs approximately 5 kg, and is made up of 2 kg of gold and 3 kg of silver.
The sword has been received by the additional executive officer of Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanom (TTD), A Venkata Dharma Reddy. The sword is also known as ‘Suryakataari’, is a combat weapon, and was handed over by the businessman and his wife.
Reportedly, the sword was exhibited in front of the media at the Collective Guest House in Tirumala on Sunday. Initially, the man who is a devotee of Lord Venkateswara had planned to offer the sword last year itself, but the plan was ruined owing to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The sword has been made by specialist jewelers from Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore. This is not the first time such an expensive gold sword has been offered to Lord Venkateswara.
In 2018, a noted textile trader and a devotee from Tamil Nadu’s Teni, Thanga Dorai, had offered a similar sword to the temple officials. The gold sword reportedly comprised an estimated six kg of gold and was worth Rs.1.75 crore.