On Wednesday, a bunch of videos recorded in a high rise residential apartment in India's Gurugram city on the outskirts of the national capital went viral on social networking platforms. As most places of worship are shut down currently, the videos show how religious Indians have figured out a way to collectively reach out to god in this time of gloomy distress.
The videos that are rapidly being re-shared have captured residents of high-rise apartments standing out on their balconies, collectively chanting holy mantras and singing hymns to the almighty. Songs of courage in Hindi like "Hum Honge Kamyaab" (we will succeed) were also loudly sung.
The sounds of bells chiming were audible in the video. Hindus believe that ringing bells helps ward off evil and negativity from the surroundings.
Italy scenes in Gurgaon!— Sukirti Dwivedi (@SukirtiDwivedi) March 18, 2020
At an apartment in Gurgaon's Sector 28 residents came out on their balconies to sing prayer songs "Gayatri Mantra Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha" and "Hum honge kamyaab"@ndtv (1/4) pic.twitter.com/gZCY5EoNZN
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Indians working from home are also taking this time to exercise and practice their hobbies.
Recently, a video from Italy, which is also locked up in quarantine, began making the rounds on social media. The video showed neighbours stepping out on their porches and singing songs from famous international pop artists like Rihanna.
A similar video from Barcelona showed a pianist and a saxophone player jamming out to Celine Dion's famous "My Heart Will Go On" song from the movie Titanic from their personal balconies and entertaining the neighbourhood.
A pianist in Barcelona went to his balcony during the quarantine, to play a song for the neighborhood.— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) March 17, 2020
A sax player in the building next door saw what was happening and joined him.
And it was awesome.pic.twitter.com/XwAgZe0R17
The coronavirus, which is known to attack the respiratory system of humans, has infected over 200,000 people worldwide and has caused the deaths of over 8,000 patients, real-time statistics platform Worldometer reports.
In India, 134 cases of the virus along with three deaths have been reported by the federal Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Offices, schools, colleges and public places in several countries including India have been shut down for the time being. Avoiding international as well as internal travel has also been suggested by global health organizations.