Monday, December 10, 2007

Summons for a Darshan! [and NPR in Varanasi]

K sent me this BBC article today about a judge in Jharkhand who has summoned two Hindu gods, Ram and Hanuman, to court in a property dispute.

The reason:
The dispute [...] revolves around the ownership of a 1.4 acre plot of land housing two temples.

You failed to appear in the court despite notices sent by a peon and post
Judge Sunil Kumar Singh in letter to Lord Ram and Hanuman

The deities of Ram and Hanuman, the monkey god, are worshipped at the two temples on the land.

Temple priest Manmohan Pathak claims the land belongs to him. Locals say it belongs to the two deities.
So, the court duly summoned the gods, since letters sent to them went unanswered :P.

Interesting side-effect of having fast-track courts :-).

On another note, do take time to listen to this NPR report on the Ganga. Very nice.

1 comment:

  1. NPR audio series on the Ganges - interesting indeed ... looking forward for more audio in the coming weeks ...