Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday invited Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy for the inauguration of the Kaleshwaram irrigation project on June 21. Chandrashekhar Rao, who flew to Vijayawada in the afternoon, accompanied by Jaganmohan Reddy, attended the ceremony where the successor for the Visakha Sri Sarada Peetham was anointed in the presence of the Peetham’s head pontiff Swami Swaroopanandendra Saraswati.
The Chief Minister, after landing in Vijayawada, went straight to the Sri Kanaka Durga temple in the city and offered special prayers. He was received by the priests of the temple with ‘poorna kumbham’. Chandrashekhar Rao then drove to Jaganmohan Reddy’s residence in Tadepalli and invited him to attend the inauguration and dedication to the nation of the Kaleshwaram irrigation project on June 21.
After lunch at Jaganmohan Reddy’s residence, the two Chief Minister’s discussed a slew of issues pertaining to the two States including division of assets listed in 9th and 10th Schedules of the AP Reorganization Act, sharing of river waters. The two leaders are learnt to have reiterated that they will resolve pending issues amicably in a spirit of cooperation leading to mutual benefit of the two States.
Later in the evening, Chandrashekhar Rao and Jaganmohan Reddy attended the Visakha Sri Sarada Peetham’s ‘Uttaradhikari Sishya Tiriyasrama Deeksha Sweekara Mahotsavam’ at the Ganapti Sachhidananda Ashramam in Vijayawada.
While Swami Swaroopanandendra Saraswati presented the ‘yogapattam’ to Balaswami Kiran Kumar Sharma who was given the name of Swatmanandendra Saraswati. He was anointed as the heir to the Peetham. Chandrashekhar Rao and Jaganmohan Reddy placed a silver crown on Swatmanandendra Saraswati during the occasion. The events on Monday evening were the culmination of three days of rituals that preceded the naming of the successor to Swami Swaroopanandendra Saraswati.
Along the way, Chandrashekhar Rao stopped on the Prakasham Barrage and offered prayers to River Krishna. He later returned to Hyderabad in the evening.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by TRS working president K T Rama Rao, Rajya Sabha member J Santosh Kumar, former MP B Vinod Kumar and MLC Seri Subhash Reddy. Upon arrival at the Gannavaram airport in the afternoon, the Telangana Chief Minister was received by AP Ministers Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and Vellampalli Srinivas among others.