?so that God?s grace marks their result
THERE ARE students who have pledged a ?chaliya?, if they scored well in the forthcoming examinations. ?Chaliya? is a walk to and fro the gurudwara for the fulfillment of a wish. Another lot has resolved to visit the Golden Temple. Yet another has pledged a month?s fast if he passes the exams with exceptional grades.india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 01:31 IST
THERE ARE students who have pledged a ‘chaliya’, if they scored well in the forthcoming examinations. ‘Chaliya’ is a walk to and fro the gurudwara for the fulfillment of a wish. Another lot has resolved to visit the Golden Temple. Yet another has pledged a month’s fast if he passes the exams with exceptional grades.
From promising a ‘chaliya’ to offering ‘langar’ on Sunday to going to the Mankameshwar Temple, to writing letters to God to assuring that they will study hard in the next exams, students are doing everything to please the Almighty.
It is fascinating to see the unshakable faith they have in God that He will help them sail through the exam, if they please Him.
Sauresh Sen, appearing for class 10 exam has pledged at Sai Baba Temple, Vikasnagar that he will observe fast for 51 Thursdays and give food to 11 poor on all those days if he achieved his target of securing 98 per cent marks.
Gurdeep Talwar, committee member of Yahiyaganj Gurudwara, says, “A large number of students come to the Gurudwara for ‘mannat’. They pledge to do different and at times bizarre things to pass their exams or pass with extraordinary marks. Some students come to the Gurudwara at 4 every morning. Some visit just before their exam. Some come here to visit the Gurus before they eat or drink in the morning.”
Similarly, many students drop letters to God writing things like ‘help me pass this exam and I will forever be grateful to you’ or ‘if I pass this exam I will donate…a particular amount…in this temple’. The priest at the Shiv Mandir at Gokhla Marg says, “We get almost 5-6 letters everyday appeasing God to pass them in the exams.”
Some places the students are frequenting for special prayers are Yahiaganj Gurudwara (famous for its ‘wish granting’ specialty), Mankameshwar temple, Sai Baba temple, Vikas Nagar, Sai Baba Temple in Mahanagar, Deva Peer Sharif, Khameer and not to forget temple located outside Lucknow. Khamman Peer Mazar at Charbagh and Dewa Sharif are other shrines where the nervous lot of examinees are tying a black thread knot vowing to retrieve it on the fulfillment of their wish. May God be with them!