Supporters of Kamala Harris in an Indian village offer prayers in temple for her victory


As the US gears up for polls today, some fans of the Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris in India sought divine interventions.

At a temple in her maternal grandfather’s ancestral village in Tamil Nadu, some of Harris’ supporters offered special prayers were held for the victory.

Harris had earlier shared the huge influence her grandfather PV Gopalan – a civil servant who served in India and abroad – had on her when she was a child.

Thulasendrapuram, about 250 miles from Chennai, is a small village and home to her maternal grandfather PV Gopalan. The residents of this village were seen lining up to worship at the local temple to see the 55-year-old become the Vice-President.

Explaining the village’s connection with the family, Harris’ aunt Dr Sarala Gopalan told reports, “The Thulasendrapuram temple God is my father’s family deity. Whenever there is a marriage in the family or a special occasion, we visit the temple.”

I am aware of the special prayers, said Dr. Gopalan, whom Harris had famously referred to as “Chithi” in her acceptance speech. “I try to go to the temple every year and pray for everyone in our family,” she added.

“We are happy and proud of her accomplishments. Kamala, who has her roots in this village, is in the race to become the Vice President of the United States,” Ramanan, the temple administrator, said.

Earlier, the villagers had also put-up posters with Harris’s pictures, wishing her success.

“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.

The village had greeted with much joy, the 55-year-old California senator’s nomination as the vice-presidential candidate earlier by Biden.