Long distance devotion becomes e-asy2 min read
India is the epitome of diversity , much of which stems from its rich religious heritage. While 80 percent of the people in India are Hindus, there are numerous pious devotees worldwide who throng the temple doors to nurture their religious ideals and traditions. They scrub themselves clean, dress in their best and pay obeisance to their favourite gods. However, the times have changed. You don’t have to experience the hassles of reaching a temple miles away or wait your turn in the long queue, when you can reach the omnipresent from the comfort of your living room. Ever wondered how it was feasible? The answer is extraordinarily simple. Technology is God’s gift to mankind.
Sri Krishna Mutt gives Udupi the title of ‘temple town’. The unique feature of the temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. Thousands of devout worshippers visit the temple all year round, to catch a glimpse of Lord Krishna. In April 2010, the Corporation Bank in collaboration with the Sri Krishna Mutt initiated E-seva. E-seva enables devotees worldwide to make online bookings of sevas after online payment though a payment gateway of HDFC or Corporation Bank. All major Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted. Debit cards and net banking are other options for payment.
The temple also offers prasadam services in India and abroad. The prasadam consisting of Sri Gandha, Tulasi and a Sri Krishna deity, which are couriered to devotees. Lathavya Acharya, a priest at the Mutt said, “Since its inception, we have received more than 200 applications a month and the devotees are elated about using uncustomary methods of worship.” The services offered were not for profit he added, the money would be used to send prasadam to the devotees abroad.
When asked if these practices were leading to the commercialization of religion, Acharya argued that technology was God sent and the emerging trend of virtual divinity was catching on.
So hereafter, travel no more, since God is just a click away.
Sub-edited by: Vrinda Manocha