Grihapati simply means the head of the family. In the long gone days of the Vedas, it meant a lot more in the pastoral society of the times. Grihapati not only looked after the well-being of the members of the community, but also mentored, protected and provided for the people of his (blame inadequate gender sensitivity of the times) flock. It seems, a Grihapati was regarded as a wee bit more than the first among equals.
Very recently, a new Grihapati has been anointed by the Mandal or congregation of the community. Keeping with the sense of times, the incumbent who bears one of the many names of Vishnu got the mantle from his predecessor, a lady named after the Goddess of Effulgence. In the convened Mandal, shining Angavastram (wrap) brought from the South by an adoring cousin was draped round the shoulders of the somewhat bashful incumbent by a saintly elder while the widow of a supremely brave fallen soldier looked on admiringly. All this ceremony had been shown to the people in their homes in a box-like jantra called the teevee.
Initiation ceremony over, the incumbent set out to cross the length and breadth of the country: from the snow-bound north to the aquamarine sea-kissed south; from the arid and parched west to the lush green east and from the bustling, teeming janapadas and nagaras to the lonely mountainous wilds. There he spoke with the people and requested for their blessings, counsels and good wishes for his tasks ahead as a Grihapati. No wonder the people rose as one to wish him all the best in the days to come.
Meanwhile, people were asked in confidence of their opinion on the suitability of their future Grihapati. Most of the Pratinidhis, regarded as the mouthpiece of their areas and regions gave their opinion in favour of the incumbent. Thereafter, a Mahamandal was convened, and before the assembly of all the august Pratinidhis, the MahaNyadhish administered the Mantra of Grihapati to the respectful incumbent.
Having accepted the honour of being the Grihapati of nearly 120 crores of people of Mother Prithvi, the newly-anointed Grihapati said that it would be his endeavour to banish the demons of kshuda (hunger), daridra (poverty), and avidya (lack of education) among his people and strive for peace and prosperity everywhere.
This is a parable of the recently-held Indian Presidential Election. Hope you like it, Dear Reader!