New Delhi: It may well look like an
agitation site for the last few days but the Ramlila Maidan -
host to Anna Hazare`s fast against corruption - wakes up with
the bhajans of Mahatma Gandhi and sound of blowing conches.
As Hazare`s fast enters its eleventh day on Friday, a group
of religious followers from the `Gayatri parivar` came to
Ramlila maidan to wake up thousands of protestors with their
rendition of `Raghupati Raghav Rajaram` -- a bhajan very dear
to Mahatma Gandhi.
Clad in their trademark yellow attire, a group of six
people reached the venue in the wee hours from the national
capital`s Dwarka locality and began chanting of bhajans and
religious songs with the sunrise.
A steady trickle of eye-rubbing protestors began to troop
around the group which sat right in front of the dais from
where Hazare has been leading the agitation demanding a strong
"We have been coming here since Anna took centrestage at
the maidan. This is a very important and sacred struggle and
we want all the protestors to wake up with songs that inspire
devotion and patriotism," Raghuveer Pant, one of the group
The agitation has been non-violent all these days and we
want to remind the people this virtue by singing songs of the
Mahatma, Pant said.
The group performed a special "deep yagya" of 32 earthen
lamps today to wish the 73-year-old Hazare a long life and for
bringing `sadbuddhi` (right thinking) to the government.
The group also performs a small `pooja` and distributes
`prasad` once they finish.
The group, armed with cymbals and other musical
instruments, also chanted "Om bhur bhuva..." (Gayatri mantra)
while blowing conch at the dawn.
The group members were sporting pro-Hazare slogans on
"I am used to praying in the morning but I never thought
I could get to hear the pious chants here. It is welcome,"said
Santosh Bhujabal, a resident of Maharashtra`s Nashik district.
Catching up with the activity, a number of protestors
were seen forming small groups and not only chanting religious
songs but also trademark slogans of the Hazare-led movement--
`Bharat Mata ki Jai` and `Vande Mataram`.