Extraordinarily talented musician-singer Hariharan couldn’t be happier. His recording of the Hanuman Chalisa on T Series’ YouTube channel has recorded over a billion hits.
Though partly explicable by the rise in spiritual and religious sentiments during these troubled times of the Coronavirus and the lockdown, a billion hits is a staggering number by any reckoning.
Says Hariharan, “I knew the Hanuman Chalisa was very very popular throughout India across all Hindus be it South, North, East or West. Throughout the world, all temples played the Chalisa. Yes it is very popular. There was a survey done on Alexa regarding Chalisa. Every minute there are 4 requests for Hanuman Chalisa.”
Nonetheless, a billion hits have taken Hariharan by surprise. “Crossing the billion mark was something I could not imagine and was humbled by it. The thought of reaching more than 100 crore people couldn’t even cross my mind. It is all because of an Almighty power’s intervention and blessings.”
Hariharan is thankful to the producers of his devout endeavour. “A big congratulation to T Series music company who have done amazing marketing through the years. I fondly remember Gulshan Kumar ji who made this album and promoted it so many years back. Indians draw their strength from their Gods and their religion. The satisfaction of giving spiritual strength to all these people makes me sure that God has blessed me with His spirituality vibrations. Just crossing one billion hits has given me such strength and happiness, words fall short to describe the feeling.”