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Obama's gift from India: Hanuman idol for good luck
June 24, 2008 19:22 IST
With Democrat senator Barack Obama busy in the run-up to the United States presidential polls, a group of well-wishers in New Delhi have decided to send him a symbol of his lucky charm, Lord Hanuman [Images], to help him emerge victorious.
Obama's representative Carolyn Sauvage-Mar on Tuesday received a gold-plated two-feet-high idol, which she will pass it on to Obama.
The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms.
An hour-long prayer meeting to sanctify the idol was earlier organised at Sankat Mochan Dham by Congress leader Brijmohan Bhama, Balmiki Samaj and the temple's priests.
"Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman and that is why we are presenting an idol of Hanuman to him," said Bhama.
Accepting the souvenir, Sauvage-Mar, who is chairperson of Democrats Abroad-India, said, "Obama has extended his thanks for the support."
However, questions on Obama's religious beliefs elicited just a smile from Sauvage-Mar, apparently to avoid controversy back home where the Democrat senator is pitted against the Republican Party's John McCain [Images] in the Presidential polls.
The idol will be kept at the temple for 11 more days and then sent to the US.
"We will perform the prayers for 11 days and then hand the idol to Carolyn, who will send it to Obama," said the temple priest.