Trump India visit: Chilkur Balaji Temple holds special prayers for positive outcome on H-1B visa

Hyderabad: A temple in Hyderabad is conducting a special ritual so that US President Donald Trump takes positive decision on H-1B visa during his forthcoming visit to India.

There is a belief among the devotees that worshipping in Hyderabad’s Chilkur Balaji Temple helps in faster Visa approval. Hence people from different parts of the state, who aspire to go abroad, perform certain rituals for faster Visa approval.

As a part of the ritual, the devotees perform 11 ‘pradakshina’ or circumambulation of the deity. However, this time round, 13 `pradakshina’ will be held so that deity will persuade trump to take a positive decision about H-1B Visa, said the temple priests.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump are scheduled to meet on February 24. One of the main points on the table is H-1B Visa.

US offers around 85,000 H-1B Visa’s to graduates from different countries in a year and 70 percent of them are Indians. If the new policy is introduced, an employer has to register names of employees with US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Later the officials will decide whom to grant Visa. Applicants fear that it will delay the whole process.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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