Jewellery worth Rs 1.60 crore offered for Jayalalithaa’s recovery

According to Goddess Chamundeshwari temple sources in Mysuru, the offerings, including a special pooja, were made by Jayaylalitha's publication house and members of her Kodanadu estate

Followers of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Friday offered gold and silver worth Rs 1 crore and 60 lakh to Goddess Chamundeshwari in Mysuru praying for her speedy recovery.

The 68-year-old Chief Minister was admitted to hospital on September 22. Following this, prayers are being offered in various temples and churches in the state for the safe return of the leader.

Sources said the latest was to complete a promise made by Jayalalithaa 12 years ago when she visited Chamundeshwari temple, India Today reported. According to temple sources in Mysuru, the offerings, including a special pooja, were made by Jayaylalitha’s publication house and members of her Kodanadu estate.

Media reports revealed that gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 1 crore 18 lakh were offered to Lord Hanuman, while a silver arch has been offered to Lord Ganesha. In addition, a gold crown, gold conch shell, gold mace and special ornaments for hands and feet of Lord Ganesha were also offered.

Temple priest Suresh was quoted by India Today as saying: “This was a vow she had taken 12 years ago. Today, her followers came and performed a special pooja for her speedy recovery. They came early in the morning and performed the pooja, they even collected a receipt for the articles offered to the temple.”

The latest statement from Apollo Hospitals, where Jayalalithaa has been admitted, said the CM “is interacting”, indicating a progress in her health condition.

Dr N Sathyabhama, Director of Medical Services, Apollo Hospital, said: “The Honourable Chief Minister  continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy.”

“The Honourable Chief Minister is interacting and progressing gradually,” the press release added.

Official sources earlier said the CM still required many days of treatment and would be capable to talk only after the tracheotomy tube or breathing tube is removed.