Tirupati idols, prasad for Barack Obama

Hyderabad: The governing body of the Tirumala temple at Tirupati is planning to present a golden idol of Lord Venkateswara and 'prasad' to US President Barack Obama.

"The organisers of 'Kalyanotsavam' (a special puja) at New Jersey are planning to invite Obama. We also want to present him a golden idol of Lord Venkateshwara," chairman of the governing body of D K Adikesavulu Naidu told reporters on Monday.

"He (Obama) believes in Hinduism, Lord Hanuman and the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. We also want to give him 'laddu prasadam', our publications, everything we can give him," he said.

Naidu said he would seek an appointment with Obama if he does not attend the function at New Jersey.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, the governing body, would organise 'Kalyanotsavam' at various places in the country to propagate Hindu philosophy, he said.

On April 21, the 'Kalyanotsavam' would be held in New Delhi, he said but did not announce the date for the New Jersey programme.

Naidu said security arrangements are being spruced up but there is no specific information of any threat.

He also said a dress code for the employees will be announced soon.