Japanese devotees pray for rains at temples in Rajashthan

July 22nd, 2010 - 5:52 pm ICT by ANI  

By Yogesh Tyagi

Jodhpur, July 22 (ANI): A group of Japanese who have developed immense faith in Hinduism joined the locals at Jodhpur, Rajashthan state and offered prayers to Hindu divinities for good rains in the desert state.

They prayed for monsoon at Manak Chowk Hanuman Temple by reciting Hanumaan Chalisa and the Sundar Kand from the Ramayana epic.

They also performed the ritual of Rudrabhisheka at the Pataleswar Mahadev Temple in the city.

These tourists from the Orient have shown interest in Hindu philosophy as evident from the ease with which they read and recited holy verses of Hanumaan Chalisa.

“I started in Hindu religion and Jainism for six years. When I came to India my friend… told me about Chalisa, how can we get the good power. So he explained everything with meaning and why do I have to chant Hanumaan Chalisa,” said Jhulko Tagasaki, a Japanese devotee.

Watching the prayers offered by the Indian devotees for a good monsoon, the Japanese too joined them and took part in the various rituals. So much so, the visitors from the Land of the Rising Sun sought the temple priest’s guidance during the prayers.

“In Rajasthan state on seeing people’s inclination towards religion and God, they asked, ‘What should we do so that rainfall is received?’ so they performed Rudrabhishek of Lord Shiva at Pataleswar Mahadev Temple so that Rajasthan receives good rainfall for the benefit of the farmers in reaping it rich with a bumper harvest,” said Jitendra Joshi, the priest at Pataleswar Mahadev Temple, Jodhpur. (ANI)

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