“Make me a widow… break my husband’s pride, break him down mother…”
This and such other request notes are found in the Hundi of famous Banashankari goddess temple in the City. Hundreds of such chits are dropped into the Hundi along with currency and coins. The Muzrai Department officials who count the Hundi collection are amazed by such weird requests by devotees.
Here are five weird requests to the Goddess Banashankari:
The woman requested her husband’s death. She wanted him to die so that then his pride will be broken. In the letter about her husband she has detailed his atrocities and appealed that he is out of control and to grant him death.
Her second request was that her son should pass in the revaluation. “Make my son get a message within 12 days on his mobile that he has passed in revaluation. Do not leave his hands, you are the only saviour. There is nothing that you cannot do, nothing is impossible for you. Give me peace. Grant my son health, wealth, long life.”
In another letter a woman has pleaded the goddess “My hair got burnt while lighting the lamp. Is it a blot (Dosha)? Has it passed? Amma please don’t pose any troubles to me.”
A woman has also detailed about her husband’s illicit relationship with another woman and has pleaded “make my husband desert that woman and come to me apologising. Give my husband back and children, make us a happy family.”
In another letter one Nikhilesh has listed 16 points to the goddess.
“I will not think about any girl. Especially about Soumya and my aunt’s daughter. I will not use Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube. I will not listen to any song. I will not go to any theatre. I will not switch off the alarm on my mobile and go back to sleep. I will not switch off the mobile. I will not go alone and eat Pani Puri and snacks. As compensation for all my crimes of all these years I am donating Rs 50. After I reach my goal it will be Rs 100 I assure”
Banashankari is described as the ‘Deity of nature and vegetation’. The word Bana in Kannada means forest. Banashakari manifests as Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Maha-Saraswati and is the primary deity of the Sri Banashankari Temple in Bengaluru.