Twenty-year-old Hiraman is a qualified astrologer, specializing in stone therapy – advising on which stone to wear to lure lady luck in ones favour.
A constant stream of visitors to the Sonepur waited for an audience with astrologer Hiraman – a parrot.
His owner, Gopichand Mishra claimed that his parrot had undergone training in astrology at Pashu Pakshi Madhyama Training, Varanasi and has cleared Madhyama (equivalent of matriculation) in astrology under the tutelage of renowned astrologer Kailash Nath Upadhyay of Varanasi. This pandit also specializes in training animals and birds at his institute – Pashu aur Pakshi Madhyama Training School.
“The renowned astrologer-cum trainer of animals and birds Kailash Nath Upadhay of Varanasi had trained Hiraman for three months and 13 days and then declared it to have cleared Madhayama (equivalent of matriculation) in astrology,” said Gopichanda Mishra.
Hirman has earned for his owner Rs 3 lakh in the last 19 years. While the training and education cost Upadhyaya a mere Rs 9,000, Mishra said.
Mishra arranges the cage, home to Hiraman, pack of cards on a mat and the astrologer is ready to grant an audience. At Mishra’s command, the parrot comes out, sashays towards the cards, picks up one, hands it over to the owner and hops back into the cage. Mishra then reads out the contents of the card to the customer.
A small amount of Rs 5 is charged for a glimpse into the future along with advice on stones to wear for prosperity and good health.
“Hirman is an expert in advising and selecting stones,” said Mishra.