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United Breweries Chairman Vijay Mallya celebrated his 58th birthday today by offering prayers at Tirupati.
United Breweries Chairman Vijay Mallya celebrated his 58th birthday today by offering prayers at Tirupati.

Promoter of the crisis-ridden Kingfisher Airlines and UB Group Chairman Vijay Mallya made an offering of gold bricks, weighing about three kg, at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara on his 58th birthday today.

Mallya donated the gold after offering worship and requested temple authorities to use it for gilding the doors at the sanctum sanctorum, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Deputy Executive Officer (temple) Chinnamgari Ramana told PTI.

The United Breweries chief, who arrived with his family last night, celebrated his birthday at a simple function held at the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams guesthouse, Venkata Vijayam, donated by him 15 years ago, temple sources said.

In August, Mallya had offered Rs 80 lakh gold-plated doors to the Kukke Subramanya temple, a place in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district visited by many a well-known personality looking for a turnaround in fortunes.

Kingfisher, which Mallya launched in 2005, was once India’s second-largest airline by domestic market share, but is now in deep financial distress.

It has been grounded since October 1 following a strike by its pilots and engineers over non-payment of salary dues and its flying licence has been suspended.

It is believed that Mallya made sure that every aircraft he bought, first flew to Tirupati and circled around the Lord Venkateshwara shrine before being deployed.

(This article was published on December 18, 2012)
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Comments:

If only he had paid off the salary arears before of Kf staff!?

from:  Harish Maru
Posted on: Dec 18, 2012 at 16:51 IST

How about giving gold bricks to your KF employees too to fill their stomachs?

from:  King
Posted on: Dec 18, 2012 at 17:50 IST

tell this so called corrupt Rajya sabha MP that he better pay his
employess of KFA

from:  hans
Posted on: Dec 18, 2012 at 18:07 IST

The temple should not take any money from this man as he has not yet paid salaries and returned the loans. But who am I kidding!

from:  Raj
Posted on: Dec 19, 2012 at 10:30 IST
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