Rahul performs 'beli tharpanam' for father in Kerala

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday performed "beli tharpanam" in memory of his father, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, at a Thiruneli temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Gandhi had on his previous visit to Kerala expressed a wish to perform the "puja" and visit the temple, but the Special Protection Group (SPG) did not allow it due to security reasons, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.
Dressed in white dhoti and wearing an angavastra, Gandhi earlier in the day walked to the temple from the Devasom Guest house.
He took note of every detail told to him by the temple priests and then prayed to the deity. He along with the priests later walked some 700 metres to the spot where his father's ashes were immersed on May 30, 1991.
The former Prime Minister was killed in a bomb blast by the LTTE in Sriperumbudur during a late evening election rally on May 21, 1991, in the Tamil Nadu town near Chennai.

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