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Found this piece on rediff and a few other blogs in the blogosphere.

Buy a car, get puja done for free

Raman Gupta, who is a Manager (operations) in a leading IT company, recently bought a new Maruti from a car dealer in the capital. Like many middle-class Indians, he also believes in starting any new work after performing some rituals. Just as he was about to leave for a Hanuman temple in the nearby area, a person from the showroom approached him and introduced himself as Pandit Radhamohan Tyagi, a priest deployed by the outlet manager for carrying out the “customary rituals and ceremony” for the occasion. “We are here for your convenience sir. Don’t worry I will take care of your feelings,” remarked the priest. In just 15 minutes, he along with his disciple performed all the rituals from coconut-breaking and ‘swastik’ smearing to ‘aarti’ and all. “I am really delighted at the service being offered by the company at no extra cost”, says Seema Gupta, Raman’s wife. Panditji is happy too. “We perform every ritual as per the demand of customer and get paid by the company”, he says.”The showrooms also sell accessories, including small statues of Hindu gods to place on dashboards”, he adds. “Drive with auspicious omen on your side,” displays a signboard next to a mini-Ganesha idol. “Moreover, we get handsomely paid by the owners of the showroom as against the low income from being at temples and homes. So, I have adopted to work for them”, he says.

The next step would be to bring Rama, Krishna and Lord Ganesha into the dealerships itself. I am sure stage actors are out of jobs due to the booming DVD and television market. By the way,can some explain why is it only middle class Indians who believe in starting any new work after performing some rituals.

Car Buyers move priests from the temple while auto buyers worship

Bodyguard Munnneswaran

For plenty of autorickshaw and bus drivers the answer is very clear: it is all because of the deity Bodyguard Muneeswaran, praying to whom is the best insurance against accidents.

Just the Gods make India a vibrant place.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 25, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Posted in Garbage Post

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