Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday visited the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala.
An ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara, Naidu arrived at Tirupati Monday evening after inaugurating an Indian Culinary Institute near Renigunta airport, 15 km from Tirupati.
After an overnight stay on the hills, he visited the shrine at the crack of the dawn and spent about 20 minutes in the temple, temple sources told PTI.
Naidu was accorded a warm welcome at the shrine and taken to the sanctum sanctorum by the priests and officials of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that governs the ancient shrine.
Before leaving Tirupati, the vice-president also took part in some local programmes.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami also offered prayers at the hill abode on Tuesday.
Palaniswami took part in the 'Astadala Paadapadmaradhan' ritual conducted for the presiding deity at the sanctum sanctorum this morning, a temple official said. During his stay, Palaniswami also called on Naidu at the TTD guest house, the official said, adding it was a courtesy call.