The Bachchans are the highest-profile Indians to have contracted the virus, which is spreading faster after a months-long lockdown was eased at the end of May to revive a battered economy.

Results on Sunday showed the actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a former Miss World, and her daughter Aaradhya, eight, were infected with coronavirus. Her husband Abhishek and father-in-law Amitabh, both were taken to hospital on Saturday with the virus.

The worry was that if Big B could catch the virus, anybody could, and with India getting thumped by Covid-19, Mr. Bachchan, 77, said on Twitter on Saturday: “All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!”

On one hand, where everyone is keeping a constant eye on Amitabh’s health updates by doctors, his fans on the other hand are praying for their safety. Meanwhile, special prayers are being offered for the wellbeing of the father-son duo in the famous Mahakal temple of Ujjain. The pandits of the Mahakal temple are worshipping Baba Mahakal, so that Big B and Abhishek get well soon.

Not only this, with the chanting of Lord Shiva, but Jalabhishek was also done in the temple. It is being said that for the long life of Big B, Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is being chanted in the temple. For those unversed, the chanting of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is done only when a prayer is offered for someone’s longevity. The mantra of Mahamrityunjaya is recited and special worship is done to protect the lives of people trapped under difficult circumstances, or whose life is in danger.

Well, we just hope that this pandemic can get controlled and we could go on with our lives like before.


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