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Big B may offer diamonds at Tirupati

The superstar, following a speedy recovery from an illness, offered to donate the jewellery as thanksgiving.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 21:47 IST

Amitabh Bachchan may soon revisit Andhra Pradesh to offer diamond ornaments worth Rs 100 million to Lord Venkateshwara, temple officials in Tirupati said.

The actor, who along with wife Jaya Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan had offered prayers at the temple on December 28 and 29 following a speedy recovery from an illness, offered to donate the jewellery as thanksgiving.

Bachchan is likely to personally visit the temple again to make the offerings, said AV Dharma Reddy, a special officer of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD).

The TTD, which manages the affairs of the hill shrine, has sent specifications for diamond-studded abhayahastham and kati hastham (wrap for hands) to Bachchan.

Bachchan, 63, who was diagnosed with diverticulitis—an infection of the small intestine, underwent surgery in a Mumbai hospital in December.

The temple, located some 570 km south of Hyderabad, draws about 50,000 devotees a day.

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 21:45 IST