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Tales of Justice and Rituals of Divine EmbodimentOral Narratives from the Central Himalayas$

Aditya Malik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199325092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325092.001.0001

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(p.241) Appendix 2 Petitions

(p.241) Appendix 2 Petitions

Tales of Justice and Rituals of Divine Embodiment
Oxford University Press

In the following sections I present some further examples of petitions. While the themes and concerns in the petitions presented here overlap to some degree with the petitions discussed in chapter 4, I have chosen examples that also deal in a more explicit and concrete manner with court cases, legal matters and jobs. Other petitions express the deep concerns that devotees harbor with regard to the lack of family wellbeing, success, and health. The lack of these qualities, in one case, is linked to the actions of a petitioner’s foe causing the former to appeal to Goludev for retribution. The petitions are all originally written in Hindi.


On 10-rupee nonjudicial stamp paper

Dated 17 November 2007



Venerable Golu Devata ji Maharaj

With humble request I am to submit that I had purchased a property in Mysore but I haven’t got its possession as yet and a case regarding it is going on in Bombay, (p.242) DRAT [Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal]. O Lord! I pray you with my joined palms that the decision of the case may go in my favor. Though there is no error or cheating from my side. Please do justice in the matter. I will come to your court with the oblation of a bell. O God! Please do make the decision in my favor. Seeking your blessings.



S/o A.S.

New Delhi


He chittai devtā [O Chittai devtā]!

Āpkī jay ho [May you be victorious]!

O my favorite Lord! I have two prayers to make. First make me healthy. Return my physical strength and remove my fear. O Chittai devtā! Give me an opportunity to stand on my feet. Help my family, my husband and my daughter. Please listen to my prayer, my lord.

Your daughter

N. Singh.


Jay Golu Devtā kī jay [Victory to Goludevta, victory!]

Jay Golu Devtā jī, Today I have come to your court. God! You know everything. You are omniscient. You have given us everything. Now there is more peace and prosperity in the house. But Papaji has again started drinking alcohol. After an interval of every 2–3 days he comes in the house in a drunken condition. For two days he remains calm, then again he takes to alcohol again. God! We are four sisters and two brothers. The responsibilities of their studies and marriages lie with father only. But he does not bother for these things. Only mother is anxious about it. God! I have completed my graduation also and right now I am doing M.SC (Master of Science). I am unable to concentrate on the studies. I want to do a job. My brother is the eldest amongst siblings. He stays away. Somehow he is managing to make his both ends meet. But he does not think rationally. God! (p.243) Give him wisdom. Now I am the eldest in the house, so I will have to take care of everything.

[Translation of matter from the margin:]

God! I have come to your court to seek well-being of my family. Please give peace and prosperity to my household. Keep your blessings on us. I have been to several places. Now I have come to you. Please help me!


Jay Golu Devtā jī kī [Victory to Goludevtā]!

O Golu Devtā! Please fulfill my wishes. Bless Shri S. J. Kapur, Adv. to become judge. Bless me with a government job and shower your blessings on my children. Jai Golu Devtā jī! When my wishes are fulfilled I will [come] to tie bell in your temple.



Om Śrī Golu Devāy Namaḥ [Salutations to Golu Devtā]

Chittai, Almorah

I humbly request you that I am your devotee. O Lord Golu! Please forgive me if I have made any mistake in entering your temple.

O Lord Golu! My sister is mentally disturbed. Please cure her and send her to her in-laws’ house so that she could live there happily. O Lord Golu! Please improve my economic condition so that I could be able to visit you more often than not. My lord! The name of the girl whom I love, is Reeta. She loves me too. Please get me married to her with the consent of our families. After marriage we will come to tie a bell in your temple. O Lord Golu! Please accept my entreaty. I want to see happiness and prosperity in my house. O Lord Golu! Listen to my prayers and fulfill them shortly. O Lord Golu! I have heard, whosoever comes to your door, never returns empty-handed. Listen to my prayer my Lord Golu! Don’t send me back empty-handed.


P.K. (p.244)


Jay Golu Devtā [Victory to Goludevtā]!

Golu Devtā jī! My sister’s marriage has been solemnized with your blessings. We, the members of the family, are very happy but there are some matters which, I believe, will be done by your blessings. Please help improve my relationship with my father and enhance love between us. Make him leave his bad habits. Get me a good job so that I could live happily with my family for the rest of my life.

No sooner than these wishes are fulfilled, I will visit you to have your audience [darśan].

Your servant



Venerable God Golu Baba!

Sādar caraṇ sparś [Salutations by touching your feet]

O Lord of Justice! Save this devotee of yours. Defend me from any disciplinary action in the inquiry. My job may remain safe. My son G.H.’s result may be out shortly. He may keep healthy and happy. He may live long and the unity of the house may remain intact. Everyone may remain healthy and long-lived. Punish G.D.A. and those foes in the guise of friends of my office who kept me in [the] dark. I loved them like members of my family. O Lord! You know for yourself, what they did to me. Baba! Please remove my shortcomings.

Your devotee



Jay Chittai Golu Devtā

I made a wish in your temple. If this wish is fulfilled, I will offer a goat and a bell in your temple. Make sure that this wish is fulfilled. If this wish is fulfilled I will certainly offer a goat and a bell. Have me be recruited in police [force] and pass me this year and the next year anyhow. I need this recruitment urgently. Jay Chittai Golu Devtā [Victory to Chittai Goludevtā]. I have full faith in you. Do fulfill my wish. If I pass in both the years …