Swapneel Shah

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The Temple experience…

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Sri Muneshwara Swamy Temple...

Sri Muneshwara Swamy Temple...

Early morning around 6:25, as usual I was sitting waiting outside this temple for my office cab… Another Software Engineer walked towards the temple… Now somehow I can identify a Software Engineer from distance in Bangalore… 😉 Coming close to the temple he performed the usual actions that people perform while passing by a temple usually in a hurry or otherwise and stood by the side of the temple… We both now wait for our cabs… Our eyes met with a formal smile followed by “Morning…” from both sides… And he walked to join me on the stairs… A pause for few seconds… I don’t know if it was early morning effect or going to school childhood feeling I asked him…

“Hey, you know which temple is this???”

Surprised with a unexpected question… “Ummmm… Well, No!”

“Mate you should have at least got to know something, before you bowed…”

“Well, yeah…” Reluctant to get up… He just turning around, reads the paint… “Sri Muneswara Swamy temple…”

A pause… His reluctance to move that bit reminded me of those people worshiping Dagdusheth Ganapati standing in the middle of the road… 1stly, you are already repenting that you have made a wrong choice to reach somewhere taking the ‘Mandai’ road… On top of that the person driving ahead suddenly stops outside the Dagdusheth temple and starts praying along with others right in-between the road… He is not the only one doing this but there are few others occupying the road in a perfect kinda plan, that its impossible to pass by… Seeing no way out you wait… and after a few seconds as you lose patience, you hit the horn… That’s it!!! Now you see the reaction… The people who would finish in 10 seconds will take 1 minute to move ahead… And if you keep on pressing the horn, the person turns back on you as if you are the biggest atheist on earth or even conclude that you belong to the other caste…

Anyways, I continued to ping this guy…

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  1. बहुत मच मच करता है तू, बिचारे की सुभाह ख़राब कर दी तुने 😉


    September 26, 2008 at 11:07 am

  2. Instead I would say, he was lucky enough that he found the Muneshwar Swamy statue when he went in… otherwise he would have repented why he bowed in front of the concrete structure (the temple)… 😉


    September 26, 2008 at 11:36 am

  3. Its mostly the blind faith, rather the fear of God that makes people worship without checking what they are doing. It is almost a second nature. I’m glad you enlightened that guy 🙂

    You should next blog about “how to identify a sw engineer in Bangalore”


    September 26, 2008 at 9:13 pm

  4. @Gururaj: Jokes apart, maybe I made his morning… At least he got the point, at the end… Most people are not interested or want to get into these things, even if they know something is missing somewhere… I really appreciate this guy, who himself got up and went inside the temple to know something about the God; he just bowed down… And then was also ready to Google out and find more!!!

    @Pravin: Hehe… Good One!!! Going one step ahead, I would say that the statue is again made of concrete or stone or whatever, unless you know who is the God??? and WHY is he the God??? His preachings, etc… 🙂

    @Priyank: Agree… Will give it a try, but I thought that the Rickshaw walas are the ones that are more interesting here… 😉

    Swapneel Shah

    September 27, 2008 at 6:15 am

  5. Right done sirjee, people might have bowed down in front of Hotels also if they are designed like Temple 😉 and name like shiv, ganesha or ksrishna……

    With the bottom line-
    Pure Veg/ Veg and NonVeg.



    September 27, 2008 at 11:47 am

  6. Do we really need to know the name of the temple or the God residing there to pay our respects? In our country we have thousands of Gods and Swamyji’s with their temples. So its very hard to know who’s who.

    With film stars and politician joining this enterprise its gonna be harder all the more. Don’t mind me calling this an enterprise as this is the only business where you can make millions without a bit of investment. All you need to do is “moorthi sthapna” rest people will make a temple on it …government/political party will grant the land to you….you can encroach the land in and around to you without any repercussions and the devotees will give enough money to the temple so that your entire family can live happily after… 🙂

    P.S : The views presented above are the sole responsibilty of the commentor. Any resemblance to real person, living or dead is purely coincidental. 😉

    Prashant Murarka

    September 29, 2008 at 9:11 am

  7. @Manish: Pure Veg/ Veg and Non Veg!!! 😀

    @Prashant: Good idea to form an enterprise!!! And the best part; this industry would not be affected by inflation, financial markets, etc. etc. And tax free as well!!! 😉

    Swapneel Shah

    September 29, 2008 at 9:16 am

  8. Well said Prashant, but there’s one more enterprise we’ve where you need not build any temples – called Politics. But of course you need to erect the statues across the country 😉


    September 29, 2008 at 10:25 am

  9. Couple of points here Guru. You just had to see the example of all the drama which happened during recent non-confidence motion in Parliament and you will realise how much investment it is required to be a politician. No doubt you can recover it all in a single term, provided you become a minister ‘)

    Also, my enterprise does not have any social stigma generally associated with Politics. On the contrary it is a highly respectable profession/business 🙂

    Also, it’s a life time source of income and does not depend on you winning an election. Plus lots of politicians have made their name on the religion but no religion has made its name on politicians.

    Well it all depends upon individual perspective…hehehe and we can take further discussion offline.

    Prashant Murarka

    September 29, 2008 at 11:49 am

  10. @Prashant and @Gururaj: Guys!!! Sorry to interrupt the party, but the focus of this post was not business…

    Its was just to strike out a point, that we knowingly or unknowingly just ignore… We will do analysis on even small things like buying a Denim, or where you will get it cheaper; at Big Bazaar or some other place… But why we dont even think once or try to even find out a single bit before bowing down in front of God???

    Swapneel Shah

    September 29, 2008 at 12:06 pm

  11. You got the guy wrong bro! His actions are well justified. It’s not about verifying but it’s only his faith in God. It doesn’t matter which God, but the bottom line is only the intention. When he makes this religious gesture he’s only praying God to make his day, that’s all.

    Perception – Changes from person to person 😉


    September 29, 2008 at 12:51 pm

  12. @Gururaj: yep, a couple of other frinds of mine too had the same view who didn’t wish to write it down here… I respect this view too… Thanks for sharing it… 🙂

    Swapneel Shah

    September 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm

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  14. I admire the guy for bowing to God unknowing which form of God it was. If everyone believed and prayed to God instead of the statue, we won’t have a problem with Muslims worshipping Allah, Christians worshipping Jesus and so on. Leaving religion alone, whatever made the person bow – fear, peace, love – must be appreciated and respected.

    Sanjay S

    December 28, 2008 at 1:25 pm

  15. @ Sanjay: Though I don’t feel this comment of Ur deserves a reply… Let me spend few minutes over it…

    I disagree here completely… I believe this is pure blind faith!!! People bowing down and then following whatever is directed by the so called God, or its forefront followers, leaders, caretakers without giving a single thought; is root cause of all the mess around…

    The adulterated form in which we see it today is because cause we just bow down like a fool without making any attempt to know why… Think, question, understand; is way to follow what you want and that will give you a real sense to respect and appreciate others…

    Even if you want to buy a shirt… You check on the quality, taste, color, the cost, etc… and then decide on the brand… And then follow a chosen few brands\shops to be reliable… U just don’t go out there and buy anything at any cost… There you are just paying out bucks… Here you are giving your trust… your belief… your respect…

    Use your brains!!! or at least some common sense…

    No offenses please… Just my thoughts… But I don’t have any respect or any appreciation for blind faith!!!

    Swapneel Shah

    December 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm

  16. Though it is a touchy issue and I may end up disagreeing more people that agreeing, I would say that faith is faith. Faith has nothing to do whether you believe with open eyes or not. It’s very difficult to believe in God with logic surrounding your mind.

    Science could never prove the existence of God. So ultimately those who believe, they just believe. You might think it is blind faith because you have opened your eyes a little bit. Those who have opened their eyes more than you, they will think even you are blind. So it’s relative.

    Anyways, believing God helps because in our enduring times, we draw our strength from this invisible force.

    Vishwas Gupta

    February 6, 2009 at 7:31 pm

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