Divine help sought for Wall Street firms

Divine help sought for Wall Street firms
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First Published: Sat, Sep 20 2008. 12 17 AM IST
Updated: Sat, Sep 20 2008. 12 17 AM IST
Hyderabad: Special prayers were performed at the Chilkur Balaji temple, near Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, on Friday “to save the world from the once-in-a-century economic crisis due to major American banks and funding agencies filing for bankruptcy”.
According to M.V. Rangarajan, one of the priests at the temple, the prayer was started after a devotee—an employee at one of the crisis-ridden Wall Street banks —called from Detroit in the US to request the temple priests to pray and help tide over the current crisis.
According to a release issued by the temple on Friday as part of the special pooja, “devotees in thousands” chanted the Runa Vimochana Nrusimha Stotram, a special chanting invoking the lion god, which the head priests, Soundararajan and C.S. Gopalakrishna, believe would help the “worldwide credit crunch to ease and help the recovery of money from defaulters, however big they are”.
“A temple has to pray for the well-being of the humanity and this is the crisis which will have spiralling effect on the common man and hence this prayer,” the head priest said in the release.
“The Lord...will definitely fill us with credit flows like he filled the tanks (in Andhra Pradesh) with (rain) water. He will fill the banks so that they come out of bankruptcy.”
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First Published: Sat, Sep 20 2008. 12 17 AM IST