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A Hanuman bhakt?s museum

BUSINESSMAN SUNEEL Gomber is on Mission Hanumat Sewa! The first step, in that direction, is his painstakingly put together ?Hanumat Sanghralaya?. The ?Sanghralaya? includes old texts, rare photos, books, paintings and a whole lot of paraphernalia like murals and cassettes on Lord Hanuman. Gomber has used the Internet extensively in his research to put together the ?museum?.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 00:16 IST

BUSINESSMAN SUNEEL Gomber is on Mission Hanumat Sewa! The first step, in that direction, is his painstakingly put together ‘Hanumat Sanghralaya’.

The ‘Sanghralaya’ includes old texts, rare photos, books, paintings and a whole lot of paraphernalia like murals and cassettes on Lord Hanuman. Gomber has used the Internet extensively in his research to put together the ‘museum’. And, it’s all been done very aesthetically. Gomber says, “I have a collection of 600 rare photographs of Lord Hanuman and some of them hold archaeological importance. I have downloaded those photographs from the Internet; they are pictures of some rare paintings of Hanumanji and some are pictures clicked in temples.” He has arranged all the photographs in a beautifully decorated album with detailed captions for each.

It took Gomber a number of years to put together this collection. The ‘Sanghralaya’ was set up in 2000. Gomber exports and publishes scientific books.

He himself has written five books till now. His last book was a pictorial.

“I even have footprints of Lord Hanuman embossed in silver, by a craftsman from Benaras, as Hanuman was the Lord’s ‘bhakt’,” he says.

Apart from this there are 250 books on Lord Hanuman in the ‘Sanghralaya’. Gomber claims that his collection I unique and he has also acquired a copy of the seven paintings that the National Gallery, New Delhi, possessed on lord Hanuman.

He says, “Collecting all this was difficult in the beginning but now I have established a network with other Hanuman ‘bhakts’. If I need something specific, I seek their help. Even the people at the different mandirs know me now, so I can go to them as well for help.” Further, he adds, “Now I am working on a directory. It is going to be a directory of all the Hanuman ‘bhakts’. This will connect the ‘bhakts’.”

For his ‘Sanghralaya’, he has got seven murals made by Ruchi Singh, a sculptor. He has also downloaded 137 homepages of websites on Lord Hanuman and has put the list of the sites on in museum.

Of course, he’s emotional about his collection and tells you, “I wouldn’t have been able to do all this without the support of my wife.”

First Published: Apr 16, 2006 00:16 IST