Kundapur: Venu Srinivasan, chairperson of TVS Motors in Chennai, on Friday arrived at Shri Mookambika temple in Kollur.
He offered pujas and took part in Chandiyaga of the temple. He dedicated a diamond-studded waistband to the idol of the deity. Its valued is said to be Rs 50 lakh. The temple executive officer, T R Uma offered him the prasad after the pujas.
Faith is a matter of personal discretion and choice. Yet, many devotees who were present said that the same amount of money which would lie idle in adornment form could have been offered to the temple to build a yatri nivas for the devotees to provide accommodation to poorer devotees.
Another said a couple of houses could have been built in Kollur to provide housing to needy persons and the deity would have been much happier. Yet another devotee picked up an issue and said the devotee in question used his money and it was up to him to decide in what way to spend it.
The comment that came from another visitor appeared to be more pertinent. He said that the higher the value of offerings like gold and expensive metals, the higher would be the security perceptions.
Venu Srinivasan is the grandson of Thirukkurungudi Vengaram Sundaram Iyengar, the founder of TVS group.