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I'm a peace-loving married Indian male on the right side of '50 with college-going children, and presently employed under government. Educationally I've a master's degree in History, and another in Computer Application. Besides, I've a post graduate diploma in Management. My published works are:- (1)"In Harness", ISBN 81-8157-183-5, a poetry collections and (2) "The Remix of Orchid", ISBN 978-81-7525-729-0, a short story collections with a foreword by Mr. Ruskin Bond, (3) "Virasat", ISBN 978-81-7525-982-9, again a short story collection but in Hindi, (4) "Ek Saal Baad," ISBN 978-81-906496-8-1, my second Story Collection in Hindi.

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Specialist Gods

The other day while reading The Times of India, Bhubaneswar edition, dated 26/08/2006, I came across an interesting write-up. Its title ran something like this :

“When everything else fails, visit the ‘specialist Gods’”.

Mr Ketan Tanna, its contributor seems to have enjoyed writing this--at least as much as I enjoyed reading it. The report speaks of one Visa Balaji of Hyderabad who specializes in clearing all hurdles for the issuance of visa. Interesting!

Even yesterday there was a news item about US relaxing H1B visa for the Indians in a big way—by 25 percent from the current 80,000. I don’t know if the miracle can be traced to the blessings of Visa Balaji of Hyderabad.

The report goes further. Then it tells us about one more temple where special prasadam is offered to its goddess Jivantika. It is located near Rajkot in Gujarat and the special offerings are none but loads of pizzas and candies, chocolates and peppermint. Should be a lovely place for the children, and the teenagers!

The list does not end here. There is yet another interesting temple in Tamil Nadu as per the report. Seated at a distance of 220 Kilometer from Chennai, Sree Kulanjiappar, son of Lord Shiva receives written applications from his devotees to help them out of their litigations and marital disharmony. A bureaucratic formality, isn't it?

Now I am reminded of at least two such interesting religious spots of mundane import. One of them is located at Ryli of Amalapuram district in Andhra Pradesh and his area of specialization is transfer. Yes, he is known for helping government servants securing transfers to their places of choice!

The other one I’m reminded of is Parsanakadavu of Malabar coast where the devotees are treated as friends of the presiding deities. On arrival there, one is treated with a glass of tea and soaked gram. If you can linger over such introductory treat, you can take other meals of the day too. Usually people stay there for a darsan of gods at night. Lord Shiva and lord Vishnu, the two primeval gods from the holy trinity, appear bodily at night. Lord Siva is blindfolded and he is led by lord Vishnu. [They are human beings who acquire their godhood at night!] Both the gods bless their friendly devotees. Unlike other temples in India, dogs are allowed here, straight into inner circle, the sanctum sanctorum. You can even present a brass dog there.

Hold it a second—temples are not for gods alone; there are temples of film stars and politicians too. And they are mostly found in/reported from Tamil Nadu. So, the concept of living god is just not a figment of somebody’s imagination; it is real, as real as visa God or the god that receives written appeals!
A. N. Nanda



Blogger Earn A LifeTime of Income From Anywhere! said...

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10:23 PM  
Blogger Ramki said...

Hi Nanda,

I read the article in about " GODS who Specialise ".
Can you please provide me more inputs about Shree Kulanjiappar temple situated 220 kms from chennai .
I am planning to go there .
Please let me know the transport and town name where it is situated.
Highly appreciate your help.


6:09 AM  
Blogger padmalayaa7 said...

Respected Sir,
Although it is a matter of belief, still when one has no control over what is going on around and at the same time he is deeply affected by it, he leaves everything in the hands of the supernatural deities who can not be seen. Gradually he changes the unseen and supernatural powers to something user friendly (just like the gadgets) and specific to his own purpose. By the way this is the only blog I visit regularly to find something of my own interest and I have never been disappointed. Thank you Sir.

8:42 AM  
Blogger A_N_Nanda said...

They say, 'If you believe in god no proof is necessary, and if you don't no proof is enough.' There was some humour I thought I should presnt and that is to be read though this particular blog post. Otherwise, I too believe in god, especially when I need him to make it easier for me to move.

Thanks, Padma, for visiting my blog and reviving my interest in my earlier posts.

A N nanda

8:42 AM  

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