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A group of Hindus in India have presented Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign with a two-foot Hindu monkey-god idol after hearing the candidate carries a smaller version of the Lord Hanuman good-luck charm with him as he vies for the presidency.
Earlier this week, according to reports in India, Obama representative Carolyn Sauvage-Mar accepted the gold-plated statue, promising to pass it on to the candidate after is it sanctified through ritual Hindu prayers.
“The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms,” reported the Times of India.
An hour-long prayer meeting to sanctify the idol was conducted by Congress party leader Brijmohan Bhama and temple priests.
“Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman, and that is why we are presenting an idol of Hanuman to him,” said Bhama.
Accepting the souvenir, Sauvage-Mar, chairwoman of Democrats Abroad-India, said, “Obama has extended his thanks for the support.”
The idol will be kept at the temple for 11 days and then sent to the U.S. It will reach Obama by Aug. 24 – a day before the Democratic National Convention opens in Denver.
The idea of sending an idol of Hanuman dawned on Bhama after friends in the U.S. mentioned a “prominent American politician who carried a miniature Hanuman idol in his pocket for luck.”
“After hearing that, I decided to gift Mr. Obama a larger, gold-plated version along with the wishes of thousands of his supporters in this country,” Bhama told the Hindu newspaper.
Along with the idol, a copy of “Hanuman Chalisa,” a compilation of Hindu hymns, will be sent to Obama.