The 'cupid' tree
Single, tried hard and failed? The girl you have been chasing doesn’t even pass on a glance? Never mind…just bow and pray to thee…a tree nestling in the Hindu college campus, says Srishti Jha.delhi Updated: May 29, 2009 15:17 IST
Single, tried hard and failed? The girl you have been chasing desperately doesn’t even pass on a glance? Never mind…just bow and pray to thee…a tree nestling amidst a few others in the Hindu college campus. And see the magic unfold. Legend has it that a lovesick hinduite prayed hard once upon a long time back and was blessed with the loveful attention by the person he was longing for.
Ever since then the tree has become a folklore amongst the hostlers. When the frantic
start on their college life, they for sure implore before the tree to get a girl companion which is a ‘must’ for the dudes in their college life. For boys out there it’s not a fable, but the ultimate truth of their life. “This is what we are told by our seniors, and we also completely believe in it. If you wish sincerely with a pure feelings, you will be definitely blessed with one,” admits Chetan, a third year student.
Every Valentine's Day, a unique tradition is observed at Hindu College. A group of male students, mostly senior hostel residents, offers prayers to
Dam Dami Mai
and celebrates a female icon who it feels has hogged headlines for all the wrong reasons. A Hollywood or a Bollywood actress is offered as a sacrifice to the tree and an official christening is conducted where the actress is named
Dam Dami Mai
As college japes go, the February 14 "ritual" is just a little more wacky than some others. “ A senior hosteller is chosen to perform the ceremony and dressed as a pundit heads the college crowd towards the virgin tree. Amidst the reverberating sounds of drums and
and slogans of
Dam Dami Mai ki jai ho
progresses, followed by a
. Of course, the
contains doses of
for the special touch.
Words of the
are changed every year by the students and they are definitely not for the bashful. According to college students, the tradition of
Damdami Mai ki puja
is self-invented. She is supposedly the goddess of girls and the
is performed by male students to please her on this special day. Given the fact that the female "star" has to be someone who has gained some notoriety, the choice is made carefully.
Even Cristiana Augilera has been one of the stars at this
. Also, there is
lal mirchi teeka
which causes a burning sensation on the forehead if applied. If freshers are warned by a senior, they can escape. If not, even
Dam Dami Mai
cannot save them.