The Lockdown brought so much shock and chill to the people because of the thought that how serious the issue could be if everything was going to be shut. There has been a huge hue and cry on what we will not get, what we won’t have, what we cannot do. The fact was, we couldn’t get to buy a mobile charger, to SIM, replace me Activa’s burst tyre, a mouse for my PC. Nothing! In case of food items I could not get the brand of my choice. Even for some prescription medicines it was a struggle as the pharmacies ran out of stock with no fresh supplies coming in.
The Lockdown applied even for all the places of worship across the country. There were these large and the famous ones drawing thousands of people every day to the month-long festivities for which lakhs of people wait year on year. The small temples in the lanes to the ones at road-junctions to those that welcome the guests, right at the entrance of a residential colony also got the lockdown order. Eventually, the daily rituals by the respective priests were allowed but strictly no devotees.
People who have been used to going to the places of worship at least once or a few times every day found it really hard to digest. I have known retired people spending a few hours at the temples both in the morning and evening by doing some volunteering services, singing songs and helping the priests on day-to-day activities and so on. The shops around such places, the shoe-keepers, share-autos and everything was shut.
However, the very purpose of visiting places of worship – Prayer – did not stop.
Seriously, the amount of sincere prayers for this whole thing to end has been increasing every day. There have been a number of online groups coming together in hundreds engaging themselves in chanting prayers guided by religious/spiritual leaders. I know a group started in a small way with a collective chanting of a few thousands has now spread to a few hundred groups. The initiator had to look for dozens of Online Meeting Administrators to manage the ever increasing traffic.
One such group that I know has crossed 70 lakhs in a few weeks. Soon this is going to touch a Crore. The beauty here is people who have never known each other before have come together for a single, noble cause.
I cannot imagine the general public to involve themselves in such collective efforts everything focussed on one thing! The welfare of the Nation and the world at large!
When I pass by these places of worship, of course when I go out to get essentials, I won’t miss people peeping and praying from outside the gates. The only difference is that the devotion and sincerity is in many folds. They all pray for a closer look at their deities Asap.
Every priest or the temple employee doing the rituals have posted more photos and videos online, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people viewing each and every post. All this, of course, has been with a high degree of devotion. I don’t’ miss to see the rolling tear drops from their eyes.
And who is not praying?
Because this is probably the first time for those living now to pray for the wellbeing of every other human with such a devotion!
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