TN village prays for victory of Kamala Harris in US election

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Residents of the village performed a special puja at the Sri Dharma Sastha temple in the village for her grand victory in the election.

As millions of US citizens queue up to elect their President and his deputy on Tuesday, November 3, the people in her ancestral village of Thulasenthirapuram in Tamil Nadu prayed for the success of Kamala Harris, Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee.

Residents of the village performed a special puja at the Sri Dharma Sastha temple in the village for her grand victory in the election. After the puja, the organisers of the event offered food for her well-wishers on the temple premises, according to a report in Times of India.

Expressing hope that Kamala Harris would definitely win the election, J Sudakaran, who is one of the organisers of the event and also the president of Green City Rotary in Mannargudi, said they had prepared and served sambar idli, which is the favourite food of Kamala Harris.

Posters were put up in many parts of the village in Tiruvarur district in the state wishing Harris success, with locals holding special prayers seeking divine intervention. The village has been abuzz over the election after Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger for President Donald Trump, nominated Harris as his running mate. Kamala Harris is the first Indian-origin vice-presidential candidate in the US.

Born to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, both immigrants, 55-year-old Kamala is a senator from California. Her maternal grandfather PV Gopalan, a former diplomat, is a native of the village and the locals are keen to see his granddaughter come out in flying colours in the polls.

"She has to win and that is all we want. Her win will be a proud moment for India, Tamil Nadu and more importantly our village," a local in Thulasenthirapuram who attended the special prayers told the media.

"Our villagers are very eager to meet her in person. So, we appeal to her to visit the village once she becomes the vice – president," Sudhakaran said. Harris had talked about the fond memories of her visits to Madras in the 1970s after her nomination (with agency inputs)

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