Congress president Rahul Gandhi trekked 10 kilometres up a steep stairway to offer prayers to the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh.
Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by his teenage nephew Raihan, besides senior party leaders Oommen Chandy, T Subbarami Reddy and JD Seelam on his two-hour-long hike to the top.
According to news agency, Gandhi was received by temple officials at its main entrance. It reportedly took the Congress president about two hours to reach the top.
He later made a brief halt at the heavily guarded Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam guest house situated atop the hill before proceeding to the temple, the source added.
The Congress president was offered a sacred silk cloth, prasadam and a memento after the prayers were done, the source said, adding that he spent about 20 minutes at the temple.
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