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Jun 15, 2007 at 05:07pm IST

Lakhs go temple hopping on New Year

Tirupati/New Delhi: The New Year is according to the Western Gregorian calendar – this is what Right-wing political groups have long been reminding us. But for many this is just the right time to pray for a happy new year.

Take Munirathnam for instance, who came all the way from Germany to pray at the Balaji temple in Tirupati.

“It is a great experience and this is one moment that I have been waiting for. It is a dream come true for me,” Muthuswamy says.

However, temple officials say that it’s the faith that matters at the end of the day.

“The lord really doesn’t see whether you are following the Gregorian calendar or the Hindu calendar. God has been around before all these calendars. It’s faith that matters,” Executive Officer, Tirupati Tirumalai Devasthanam, APVN Sharma says.

And those frowning at the youthful New Year celebrations can take heart that many youngsters also walked up to temples on this day.

People also crowded at other temples to seek the blessings of the lord on this day, including the Vaishno Devi Shrine near Jammu while the number of pilgrims at Tirumala doubled on January 1.

The New Year began with prayers for many and lakhs of devotees like Munirathnam visited Tirupati. And for them a happy new year is waiting for 19 hours to get a glimpse of the lord for a few seconds.