Rajapaksa prays for success of Lankan cricket team

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2011, 00:18 AM IST

Tirupati: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa tonight offered prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple here for the success of his nation`s cricket team in the World Cup final against India in Mumbai on Saturday.

Temple sources said that Rajapaksa, after an overnight stay here, would proceed to Mumbai tomorrow to watch the final match at the Wankhede stadium.

After his worship, Rajapaksa was presented with a sacred silk cloth and prasadams, while priests invoked divine blessings upon him, they said.

Later, speaking to reporters outside the shrine, Rajapaksa said this was his fourth visit to the shrine over the years.

"I prayed for the success of Sri Lankan team as you people pray for the success of your team in the final," he said.

Rajapaksa arrived at nearby Renigunta airport by a special Sri Lankan aircraft at 4 pm and reached the hills by road.

The Sri Lankan president had earlier visited the hill shrine on October 31, 2009, temple sources added.

PTI