Religious ritual for results: Karnataka politicians chant ‘RRR’ mantra for electoral success Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: It is a rare thing for politicians and leaders to mix politics and religion, seeking divine intervention by performing religious rituals to turn the electoral tide in their favour.
Perhaps, they do not believe that only their work will see them, but are chanting the ‘RRR’ (religious ritual for results) mantra more than usual in this election season. These rituals range from the simple Gana Homam to the esoteric and mystical Tantric rituals based on sorcery and sorcery.
Last week, former JD(S) chief minister HD Kumaraswamy completed the ‘Shatha Chandika Yagya’, in which 100 priests prayed non-stop for nine days. They chant 700 ‘Saptashati’ mantras a hundred times and perform Havan through 100 Yagya Kunds (Yagya Kund) to please Goddess Durga.
Kumaraswamy revealed that the ritual was for the health and well-being of his father, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda. But another ritual, the ‘Laxminarayan Hriday’, aimed at raising resources to contest the elections and ensure a JD(S) victory, was performed simultaneously. In the nine-day event, Kumaraswamy also performed the ‘Mahrudra Yagya’, a ritual to acquire a cloak that would protect him and his party from evil.
Kumaraswamy told TOI, “Our family feels that the only strength we can rely on is divine power and God’s grace, especially to survive repeated challenges and rule the state with small numbers.” Given our experience of reaching positions of “So when we face situations like war we always turn to rituals like ‘Chandika Yagya’.”
Kumaraswamy is not as ‘religious’ as others in the JD(S) first family, but has often placed Gowda and his sons on the seat of power, and this coincides with the observance of these rituals. It has only increased his faith in them.
The family performed ‘Shat Chandika Yagya’ in Sringeri ahead of the 2018 assembly elections, following which the JD(S) formed a coalition government with the Congress and Kumaraswamy became chief minister for the second time. Gowda is known for performing the ‘Ayuta Chandika Yagya’, 1000 priests chanting the ‘Saptashati’ mantra 10,000 times for 10 days in 1996, before he became the PM with only 16 MPs.
“How do you explain that the JD(S) is getting opportunities which are only a fraction of the required number? Only those who have experienced it believe in it,” says Kumaraswamy.
Bhanuprakash Sharma, a senior priest from Srirangapatna and an expert on the ritual, says that the two people who performed ‘Ayuta Chandikayagya’ before Gowda were former PM Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao also did it in 2015.
DKS, a staunch believer
Congress state president DK Shivakumar, a strong CM contender, appears to be taking cues from Goudas. While he regularly visits temples such as Mahakaleshwar in Madhya Pradesh to perform various yagyas, he recently visited the Shani temple in Karaikal, Tamil Nadu to ward off evil.
“I am a believer,” said Sivakumar. “My belief in rituals comes from my belief in Hindu religion and culture. ,
Renowned astrologer and Shivakumar’s spiritual mentor BS Dwarkanath said: “I have been mentoring Shivakumar and SM Krishna among many senior politicians. I have told Shivakumar that it would be good to perform ‘Shat Chandika Yagya’ and he is likely to do so soon. ,
Former chief minister BS Yediyurappa is also known for his strong belief in astrology and his rule between 2008 and 2011 was littered with news about it.
“Uncertainties about the future make politicians surrender to astrology and rituals – the core feature of politics. They find solace and gain the confidence to move forward with the challenges,” said renowned astrologer Daivagna KN Somayaji.

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