God was never that easily accessible! If you feel like offering prayer, and don’t feel like walking up to the temple, all you are required to do now is just SMS your wishes to the temple-managed electronic message box. After doing that tough, tedious and tiring job, you can rest assured that your prayer has reached the destination, the temple, where the God lives.
And this is not a joke! Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, which is known to be frequented by celebrity-devotees, including oft-ailing Big B and oft-in trouble Sanjay Dutt, has struck a deal with a mobile phone service provider. Using this mobile service, now couch potatoes and lesser mortals can SMS their prayers to the “wish box” of the temple…to be heard (and acted upon?) by Lord Ganesha at His convenience. With around 1,000 SMSes lying to be attended to by the deity in just a week’s time, it seems hi-tech prayer is catching fast!
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple management’s love for technology is not new. The temple owns a website, where devotees can book puja online, buy devotional items from an e-shop and can also watch puja webcasts live from the temple.
“Technology has become a vital part of everyone’s life and the latest service we have started is to make praying convenient for people who may not be able to visit the temple,” says Sanjay Bhagwat, CEO of the temple trust.
According to Shashi Kumar, of Mauj, the telecom solutions company providing the service, “Though we have not publicised this service on a large scale, the response has been good. Now, it is convenient to make a wish at any time, from anywhere…”
Now, if devotees are happy and so are the service providers, why should we crab?
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