Images of India : Pray at this Indian temple for a US Visa…

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Chilkur Balladic – popularly known as ‘The Visa Temple’ – gained its reputation in the 1980s thanks to a group of engineering students who were said to have received visas to study in the U.S. after visiting the temple in Southern India. Tradition dictates that worshippers seeking visas must make 11 laps around the sanctuary. Those who are successful return to make 108 rounds in a show of gratitude. It’s not like everyone who has come here got visas – 100% admits, a Hindu priest who blesses the passports. There’s no formal effort to track the temple’s success rate with visa applications. Whatever the number, it’s high enough to keep people coming – and to keep them coming back, if at first they don’t succeed. According to U.S. government statistics, 1.5 million Indians were granted non-immigrant visas to the U.S. in 2013, which are given for temporary work, tourism, education and cultural exchange programs. Another 65,000 received “green cards” that allow them to live and work in the U.S. permanently.