Chandrababu performs 'Bhumipuja' for AP capital

Chandrababu performs 'Bhumipuja' for AP capital - Sakshi Post

Amid chanting of Vedic hymns, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday performed 'bhoomi puja' or ground breaking ceremony of the new state capital Amaravathi.

As the clock struck 8.49 a.m., Naidu accompanied by his wife Bhuvaneswari and son N. Lokesh performed the rituals at a ceremony in Mandadam village in Guntur district, about 20 km from Vijayawada.
Central and state ministers, MPs, state legislators, senior officials and leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) participated in prayers and other rituals which continued for two hours. A group of priests had started the prayers, including a 'havan', much earlier as per Vaishnavite tradition at 3 a.m. in the village, located on the banks of Krishna River.
Naidu, his family members and ministers poured cement into a pit to mark the ceremony. A basin made with a kilogram of silver and gold coated shovel were among the masonry implements used on the occasion. The chief minister later ploughed the field with a traditional ploughshare while his wife sowed 'navaratnalu' (nine chief grains) in the soil.
Also present were Naidu's brother-in-law and popular actor N. Balakrishna. However, the inauguration of the chief minister's camp office at Vijayawada was postponed as he missed the 'mahurat' or auspicious time of 10.30 a.m. set by astrologers. Naidu could not reach Vijayawada on time due to 'bhoomi puja' rituals.

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