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Prez Murmu arrives on 2-day visit to TN, offers darshan at Meenakshi Amman temple

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President Droupady Murmu arrived here

today morning on a two-day visit to Tamil Nadu.

This is her first visit to Tamil Nadu after assuming office as the

President of India.

She was received at the airport by Governor R.N.Ravi, State IT

and Digital Services Minister T.Mano Thangaraj, Madurai Distirct

Collector and senior officials.

After the brief reception, she drove down to the famous Meenakshi

Sundareswarar temple and offered worship. She is also likely to take

part in the Annadhanam (free meals to devotees) scheme in the

temple.

The President spent about 45 minutes at the temple during which she

also witnessed the temple tank.

After offering worship at the temple, she will fly to Coimbatore where

she will take part in the Mahashivaratri Celebrations at the Isha Yoga

Centre.

Ms Murmu would be the Chief guest at the Maha Shivratri function

during which she will worship at Dhyanalinga and Yogeswara Linga

at the Isha Foundation.

After an overnight stay at the Government Guest House at Race course,

Ms Murmu will visit the Wellington Military Centre at Coonoor in Nilgiris

District by helicopter tomorrow and pay her respects by placing a wreath

at the war memorial.

From Wellington, she will reach Coimbatore airport by helicopter and

fly back to Delhi.

Police have made elaborate security arrangements in Madurai and in

the Textile city of Coimbatore in view of President’s visit.

Police sources said a five-tier security has been put in place in and around

the temple in Madurai and have installed more than 100 CCTV cameras.

Vehicle checks have been intensified and barricades were erected.

More than 3,000 police personnel were deployed on security duty and

eight watch towers were erected in and around the temple as part of

heightened security arrangements.

Security was also tightened in Coimbatore as part of the President’s visit

with the deployment of more than 5,000 police personnel in the city and in

suburbs.

Police have also banned flying of drones in both the cities in view of the

President’s visit.

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