Bhubaneswar: Savitri brata performed across the state by devout Hindu housewives Tuesday has great spiritual significance. However, not every married couple was that lucky to spend time together on this pious day. Working women and students (who are married) performed the ritual with devotion and sought blessings from their spouses using modern technology such as Skype, WhatsApp and Google Duo. Orissa POST interacted with some homemakers who performed the Hindu ritual by interacting with their husbands on Internet.
Baijayanti’s husband has been in Canada for the past six months on business and it is difficult for him to comeback immediately. However, her younger sister Aliva made sure that she had received blessings through internet at the end of a fasting day. “It’s amazing to see your husband on Skype. I remained on fast, perform puja for his long life after reciting Sabitri Brata Katha via Whatsapp.
The touch of technology helped me get closer to my life partner, said Baijayanti. Mamata, whose husband has gone for a project work to Dehradun, said, “I visited Shiva temple in the morning and had a darshan of the deity before performing rituals. My son connected me to his father via Google Duo. Thankfully, modern technology has come to the aid of our reunion on this auspicious day”. Sagarika, whose husband Anshuman is in Dubai, feels that a wife’s love and respect for her spouse is very special which has religious concurrence. “I am here to take care of my ailing mother. So, on this day I chatted with Anshuman through Whatsapp and in the evening I got connected to him through Skype. So there was no feeling of separation from him on this auspi
cious day”, she said.
Nibedita Behera who has come from the USA said there is no need to get so disappointed if you are not with your husband. “Social media and digital platforms have made it easier for people like us to see our loved ones. My husband mocked at me for doing the puja over Skype.”