Divinity finds a new face

Posted on January 9, 2011

0


Not only has Hanuman become very Net-savvy, he also has 200 followers on social networking sites.

Dibyajyoti Chaudhuri I TNN

Ckw Doll Devil might sound like a name apt for a social networking site looking for friends and peer, but this devil has a different bent of mind. Hanuman has finally made it to one of the most popular social networking sites and it has a good number of netizens hooked on to the community named after him. Many youngsters with profile names as weird as Ckw Doll Devil have joined the community that has transcended the barriers of religion, caste and creed.

It is not true that we have forgotten our heritage. Rather, we are remembering them in their new avatars. Deities like Hanuman have become more of a superhero who has not lost his relevance even today. They are a part of Indian culture and have not become obsolete, says Kaustav Goswami, a third year engineering student of a city college.

But our heritage has also spanned the seas and reached the shores of other countries. While Indian Gods and Goddesses have been a favourite with tattoo artists the world over, the community named after the monkey God has breached barriers of space in Facebook as well. Jai Hanuman, reads a post by Ceizzen Wayne, who has read about the Indian God on the Internet, sitting in his US home. Alesha Gopali, from Malaysia, is also a member of the community which already has more than 200 members. Although I am more of a spiritual person and not so religious by nature, I don’t mind joining such a community that is formed for and named after a Hindu deity. It is good that Indian culture is breaking all barriers of space and has even become popular on social networking platforms, says Sanchari Biswas, a second year microbiology student of a city college.

But are the likes of Johnny Dalmia, Sameer Raj, Ram Dhani and Baikuntha Bhandari only hooked onto the community because of its ethereal appeal of Indian culture Following the verdict on the Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid, the Hanumat Shakti Jagaran Samiti has become very active in the country and also abroad generating awareness on the Hindu deities. We are holding huge rallies at different parts of the country and you will be surprised by the number of Net-savvy youth who come for these rallies, said Ajit Biswas of the Samiti. A recent meeting held by the Samiti saw a large number of techies and students of engineering turn up. Such numbers of professionally qualified youth were not seen before, Biswas said.

However, there are some, who are not too keen to be a part of such communities on a social networking platform. A community on Hanuman has a definite religious connotation to it. Since it is a social networking site where friends from all religious and ethnic backgrounds come together, there would be many who will not be comfortable in joining such a community where a particular religion is being highlighted, said media professional Shaoni Choudhury.

Followers of the God who crossed the sea with one mighty leap are, however, undeterred by such comments. They are happy with their community and hope to increase the number of followers by manifold. So Jai Hanuman, what say.

Above is a beautiful article written titled “Divinity finds a new face” by Dibyajyoti Chaudhuri published in Calcutta Times, a supplement with the Times of India, on the 16th of December, 2010. If possible, please call up Mr. Chaudhuri and thank him at this number – +91(0)9830466564 for his well written piece on Hanumanji.

Advertisements
Posted in: Special Features