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An aarti, ver­mil­lion pow­der on fore­heads, and prasad — no, we aren’t talk­ing about a re­li­gious event, but the hugely pop­u­lar Dam­dami Mai Puja or the Vir­gin Tree Puja, a Valen­tine’s Day rit­ual at DU’s Hindu Col­lege. This year’s puja was a grander af­fair, as it saw

the in­tro­duc­tion of a new cat­e­gory for the ‘hope­ful’ girls — the hand­some Love Guru.

As stu­dents chanted ‘Jai ho Dam­dami Mai ki!” the puja be­gan. The famed tree was dec­o­rated with posters of ac­tors Jacqueline Fer­nan­dez (this year’s Dam­dami Mai) and Ran­veer Singh (Love Guru).

“I’m so glad to be a part of this iconic mo­ment. I couldn’t have missed this at any cost,” said Rishab Singh, a stu­dent.

Ac­tor-film­maker Nalin Singh, chief guest, said, “It felt like I was pay­ing back for all the love I got when I was in Hindu. We might also screen my film, My Vir­gin Di­ary.”

A poster of this year’s Dam­dami Mai, ac­tor Jacqueline Fer­nan­dez, hung on the Vir­gin Tree, on the Hindu Col­lege cam­pus; and (in­set) chief guest and Hindu Col­lege alum­nus Nalin Singh with stu­dents

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