Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Indian Gods are thirsty

Reports of idols of Hindu gods drinking milk in India have started a frenzy there. Now everyone is rushing to temples to feed their gods with milk. From Reuters:
Hundreds chanted hymns in the northern city of Lucknow and the eastern city of Kolkata and went into hysterics when the milk held against the idols disappeared.

"It is amazing, Lord Ganesha drank milk from my hands. Now he will answer all my prayers," said Surama Dasgupta, a middle-aged woman in Kolkata.

The frenzy began late on Sunday in some northern cities and soon spread across the country, including the capital New Delhi, even as rationalists and non-believers called it mass hysteria.

A similar mania gripped the country in 1995 when thousands of Hindus fed milk in spoons to marble idols of Lord Ganesha.
Even Indian Gods are thirsty. Must be the weather.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think I've read about this phenomenon before. It could just be that these idols are made of porous stone-like material. It's very hot and dry in India now, so if you hold liquid to the material, of course it would get soaked up by the dry porous material! - Jolie

The Kop said...

Yup, several years ago in Singapore, our Indian folks also witnessed the phenomenon.

mr black said...

I just thought of an interesting "Got Milk" ad with one of these Indian gods in it. Haha!

Shy said...

Nasty!

Myra Leong said...

Is it happening in Singapore now?

Bengster said...

Go check the temples liao!

LaDyReD said...

Well it was explained in Bridget Jones diary, it is due to the porous nature of terracotta that is used to make most of the idols as well as the contraction of terracotta and expansion of Terracotta that creates the effect....

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