MIRZAPUR: Elections are not just about caste equations, religion, development, campaigning and mud-slinging to achieve voter support, Divine intervention is sought too.
A number of purohits (priests) in Vindhyachal, the mother of all ‘shaktipeeths’ (power shrine) are working overtime to evoke, augment and amplify the deity’s energy in favour of their political ‘jajmaans’ (devoted clients). Though the priests never divulge the details, special anushthaans (ceremonies) are underway for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi among others.
They may be politicians or powerful leaders but anyone who visits the temple is a devotee and like any ordinary person, members of political parties can get various pujas organised secure a successful future,” said Rajan Pathak, president of Sri Vindhyavasini Panda Samaj that has over 1,400 registered members. “Elections are a big occasion for the priests, therefore, they quietly hold different pujas like ‘vijay anushthan’ and ‘Chandi paath’ here. Indira Gandhi was a regular visitor to the temple while Rahul Gandhi is a recent entrant and BJP leader Rajnath Singh’s association with the temple is famous,” he added.
Nagababa Darshan Muni Kamauli Wale who has ashrams in Vindhyachal, Chandauli and Varanasi has devotees from the Samajwadi Parivar. Talking to TOI, the seer said, “They come here for blessings…elections mein bhi aate hain…kursi ke liye ashirwad mangte hain (they come during elections to seek blessings for power).” About ongoing anushthans, he said, “Main araam se leta hu…aise to anushthaan nahin ho sakta (I am relaxing in bed… ceremonies are not performed like this).”