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Will Activists Next Fight For Taking The Dead Into Hindu Temples?

April 10, 2016

Isn’t time our bhai women prayed side by side rubbing shoulders with their bearded men in Indian mosques: Barkha Sluts Note. Time for Arnab Goswami to chew on the matter. Time for the Hindu and Indian Express to run their columns and opinions. Time our Supreme Court intervenes. And its time, all of them get slapped with FATWA !!! 

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Every faith has its own tenets and principles and practices and customs and traditions to adhere to. Hinduism does not however go by any book such as Bible or Koran. We have no Vatican or Mecca either. No Pope or Mufti. Hinduism is the only unorganized way of life that has still held steadfast in the face of onslaught by external threats for tens of thousands of centuries.

The dead are laid in the Church by christians. The departed are buried behind Mosques by muslims. But in Hindu way of life, we shut our Puja the moment a family member passes away. It stays closed for next 40 days. In olden days we observed mourning for an year – skipping all festivities. Of late, these are changed. But there is no question of a dead being taken into temple. In fact if there is death in a street, the neighbourhood temples in the surrounding streets are notified. The temples will remain shut until the dead is carried to the cremation ground. The Shiva temple in my street has got closed even for Pradoshams when someone died in the street. The main road temples are exempted – because they do not concern themselves to a limited small community.

Activists – including the Hindu leftists and so called Feminists of India, I am asking you one single question: Can you bring yourself to lay the dead in Hindu temple premises like the followers of Abrahamic faith do?

So this is how and why Hindu women keep away from Puja and temples during their menstruation time. It has nothing to do with inequality or injustice for women. It is just our way of life, followed for generations.

The dead are kept away from the temple for a straight reason: not to disturb others but to restrict our mourning to our own blood relatives. The followers of the faith and visitors to the temple need not have to force themselves to look up the dead or mourn with the bereaved. Why should they?

My relatives live opposite a church. They even contemplated selling the house because they had to witness every other day the dead being carried into the church – across their home. It was not a feel-good factor. They stay put only because theirs is hot property in the heart of the city. It is a big dampener and can spoil your mood they say. They keep their windows tightly shut always for this reason.

If someone living close to a church could feel so negative about it, just imagine what church members could feel like when the dead are laid for wake before the altar.

Hindu customs and way of life save us from a lot of botheration. It is none of our business to grieve for those who are in no way connected to us. Bad vibes. I cannot ever get over the ghastly christian habit of bringing their dead to their place of worship. Very offensive to our senses – to even think of such a grave scene (literally). How can you go to dinner afterwards or even have a fitful sleep.

One dead body in church per week is more than enough I guess. And these guys even have the cheek to comment on Hindu way of life. As a Hindu, I find the christian custom most macabre, to say the least. No other word to describe the cringing christian tradition of forcing their will on all and sundry – the church attendees. Reflects on their disrespect for anything or anyone else who may or may not want to partake in the services. Or someone who is reluctant has to keep off the place of worship in that case.

This is how christianity treats other faiths as well. When you call others ‘kafir’ – you are living in a state of denial, wanting to vanquish all that you are not.

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Look who is fighting for the rights of Indian women to enter Sabarimala Hindu temple: a muslim who will never let women pray side by side in his own mosque:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sabarimala-case-lawyers-get-death-threats-supreme-court-orders-police-protection/1/573289.html

Who is this Naushad Ali Khan. Could he even get his own women drop burqa first – not out of concern for equal rights for women, but in the interest of security of Indian nation. Women in black burqa are a security threat to India. European nations have been barring them from adorning the veil – why cannot leftists in India follow suit?

Isn’t it amazing that a male Indian muslim must be worried so much about Hindu women’s rights in the country when he can feel free to marry and have 4 wives at the same time as if they are milch cows in his shed? He who takes refuge under muslim personal law, which needs to be repealed first.

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What a tight slap for the slut (my god she looks it every bit) who tried to have her way barging in as usual in international media! Slapped right across the face!

http://satyavijayi.com/hard-slap-radia-tainted-media-presstitute-barkhadutts-face-islamic-women-tells-islam-dangerous-women-face/

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The Shani temple issue has been hogging the limelight for a while now.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/shani-temple-womens-group-takes-on-trupti-desai/article8456257.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/end-gender-discrimination-at-temples-hc-tells-maharashtra/article8423892.ece?ref=relatedNews

Hinduism is the most ancient faith in the world practised from time immemorial that none can pinpoint the advent of the Hindu way of life as one can do with the Abrahamic faiths.

Hindus are the only people who celebrate women putting them in the highest pedestal of goddesses. Our goddesses of wisdom-knowledge, wealth-fortune, energy-power are deemed more powerful than their male counterparts.

Ardhanareeshwar is Shiva 50% Shakthi 50%

The angry destroyer of evil is Kali, the fiercest form of Shakthi.

The war chieftains are goddesses – Varahi for one thing.

I don’t believe Hinduism that treats women with such a reverence would ever want to consign women to any inferior or lowly status.

‘Sati’ was practised in certain border states only to save Hindu women from getting abducted by muslim invaders who gangraped and converted them into their concubines confining them to their harems. These are the ancestors of today’s Pakistan – not India.

If you are a Hindu in the 21st century, it means your bloodline is ‘clean’ and unadulterated.

So why are Hindu women prevented from worshiping gods during menses?

The reason, as everyone knows, is as old as human evolution and as simple as common sense can dictate: to give women their much needed respite.

Until my mom’s generation, women were even barred from cooking quarters and asked to rest in the backyard or outhouse – not because menstruation was considered a taboo, but because our forefathers thought women needed to rest proper and preserve their strength for the following days.

My mother relaxed rules for me – she never used a sanitary napkin. Although she passed away when I was 13, I remember her depending on cloth business which was tedious. Even though she was a teacher and a working women over a half century ago, she was still conservative about certain things. But that did not prevent her from getting me a packet when it was time for me. Neither did she lock me up in the verandah or terrace to keep our house safe from impurities. I was exempted from entering the kitchen and puja, that’s all. Learning to cook already in my pre-teens I could appreciate the ‘holiday’ life gave me every month – after a tiring day at school.

We observed the same customs even in our in-laws place, so far I lived in joint-family set-up. Kitchen was out of reach and so was Puja for me as well as other women family members whenever it was ‘our time.’ Being a working woman and a young mom my nerves were stretched to the maximum already. I infact looked forward to those 3 days every month that freed me from cooking work – I was married into a big family and volume of our domestic chores was enormous. Complete rest then would restore my health and strength so I could bounce back into daily life with energy shortly afterwards – normally in 4-5 days. What a welcome break!

When we opted for nuclear family life when my son was barely 1 year (in the top floor of the same ancestral home), I could afford no such a luxury. Work became me all 24 hours. My mother-in-law preferred to give me food but I overruled her for the first time and opened up the kitchen all 30 days a month. Only Puja was kept closed for certain days.  As working women I and my friends were already well adapted to rigours of family life and office life side by side. I worked for 5 years for a bank. Although I never stopped myself from stepping into my kitchen any season, I found that I was starting to take a day off once a month to ‘rest at home’ during the cycles. That is when I truly discovered the reason our elders gave us total rest for 3 days of every month. How important the brief break from the routine is?

Hindu way of worship is equally taxing. We are very ritualistic people and our bhajans and prayers can last for hours. Besides, we must prepare ‘prasad’ during festivities. Until my mother was around, even for fridays and tuesdays, she would offer the Mother Goddess, atleast a kheer. Even today for religious festivals, we prepare an elaborate and complex variety of food for offering to god. We have any feast only after serving the god at home first. All this meant quite a heavy work. It is easy to realize, why women were asked to stay away from Puja and temples during the menses. A day off from kitchen and Puja during those 3-4 days was a dire requisite – ask any Hindu woman.

Some of my friends still get severe cramps during periods. Some get body aches. Some including me almost always get the frightening PMS – psychologically our cycle starts even 3 days earlier! Our family has to put up with us! How rest is vital and calming in those days.

Is there a family without a woman? A mother? A sister? A wife? A daughter? A niece? Is there a man who has not seen his women suffer every month for atleast 3-5 days? Who are we kidding?

I am about to hit menopause anytime – may happen in 6 months, 1 year, 2 years – who knows? Periods has become like a friend to us girls who are on the verge of attaining our menopause in the late 40s/early 50s finally. Some of my friends who have got it already (nearly 30%) tell me, it is not a relief. What we grew up hating (because of inconvenience it caused) is something we come to miss dearly – when it is too late. Some friends are into HRT (harmone replacement therapy, to prolong their fertile years)- knowing it is a double-edged sword.

There are friends who have removed their uterus. Friends who have had innumerable IVF cycles. Girls who have had mastectomy for breast cancer. Seen it all, at the end of the day.

A woman’s life revolves around her cycle – from her 13th year to until she reaches her menopause. Weddings and holidays are planned – first on asking our dates. Why I even book my flight tickets calculating my dates. To that extent, a woman’s health can be affected by the monthly menstruation.

Even in our 40s we women need the rest periodically to regain our body strength so that we can go on for our family. Some of us have troublesome countdown to menopause. Hot flashes. Mood swings. Harmonal imbalances.

Working women suffer – my working friends if they take off, mostly it is during their cycle like I used to do in my working days.

All my friends take to their kitchen 365 days of an year, but one thing what we ladies still cannot do is – cross the barrier and enter a temple or our own Puja during the periods time. Where there is scope for women to enforce their rights and where it is necessary, Hindu women have not abstained from staking their rightful claim of territory.

On the other hand, how many women who carry banners fighting for rights of women to enter temple during menstruation refrain from employing house maids? From neglecting kitchen duties and buying food in the name of equality? Has family lost its sanctity in Indian homes? Are women who toil in kitchen for their beloved ones bonded slaves or is theirs a case of labour of love? What a hideous moron cannot make distinction between the two?

Women smoking, women boozing, lesbians mostly because of hostel life – these are women who are touted as progressive Indian women by our media today.

Whereas for most of us common women from all walks of life, menses is still a threshold that roots us to the spot. Whatever scientific advancement may be possible, whatever technology can transform your life – my women friends in America continue to close down their Puja when they have their cycle. And that is how they are raising their daughters as well – being doctors and scientists and silicon valley entrepreneurs and bankers. Obviously the slogan raising women here in Shani temple are more learned and wise than my friends. What a relevance their struggle is of – and how much time and energy they can expend for the betterment of Hindu women.

The respect Hindu women give to our temples is kind of symbolic – of an age-old custom. Not meant to deem women as inferior or impure race or sex. Hindu women mostly willingly adhere to these social customs handed down over generations. It is not that we cannot break free, we don’t want to really.

My friends are well accomplished and so are Hindu women generally all over the world, so why cannot we push back certain superstitions if we can? What stops us from venturing a step further?

The reason is, whatever background we are from, whatever in life we may have become, there is something so traditional and familial ingrained in our hearts by our parents which does not frighten us about Hindu way of life, but which compels us to adopt certain religious practices unquestioningly out of pure faith and reverence. The heart has a mind of its own, they say.

Those who seek entry into Shani temple or Sabarimala: I have these questions for this kind of women:

  • Are you so pious and devoted that you are a regular temple trotter that you cannot stay away from stomping into temples that bar women (very few temples bar women in India for some specific reasons).
  • How about Muslim women being allowed to pray in mosques along side men? Are you not taking up cudgels for them?
  • Are you at par with men in all other matters? Every single matter?
  • One full day of 24 hours in an offshore oil rig. One day at the India-Pakistan border with AK 47s  guarding the nation. 12 hours at Siachen. One day in peak summer as a civil engineer in middle of nothing – standing in the site for 12 straight hours at 43 C temperature -this is all you have to do to prove you are as good as men. I am not – and I have no problems admitting to it.
  • How many women cardiac surgeons does India produce. How many the world has. How many women versus men. Surgery requires no emotion – but a full control of emotion and nerves when you open up someone’s chest cavity and slice a human heart. How many women think they have it in them to take up surgery as profession. Women do these days – but what is the proportion against men.
  • Or simple: why don’t you walk topless in the streets – women in the south have had. Only in last 100 years we are covering up our chest. Sounds cliched is it? Well it is not. Even today in countryside, south Indian grannies do not wear blouses.
  • Down south, women have started lighting the funeral pyre of their parents. Daughters who have replaced sons boldly – showing courage where it really matters. These women are not fighting for their rights to wear shorts to college campuses. Leftist and pro-terror guys (muzzies) please first let your women be the pall bearers – in case you want to talk about equality.

Some of us don’t argue about equality with men in every footing  – not because we are aware of our limitations, but because we know of our failures. We know of our lack of mind control. We know of our emotional content that can ruin lives, get things crashing.

Sabarimala:

Men from south observe a 48 day penance before going on pilgrimage to Aiyappa temple in Sabarimala. How many in India know that before leaving for Sabarimala, the last rites of a man will be performed by his parents. It is because, Sabarimala is situated in western ghats which is even now heavily forested. Transport is not allowed on the mountain. The men have to hike their way up – and a good 14 mile is thick forest infested with wild animals like tiger and elephant. The moment one starts observing the 48 day vrath to go on pilgrimage to Sabarimala, he has to first stop wearing shoes/sandals. The roads have to be travelled and the mountain has to be climbed on BAREFOOT. Men have lost lives over centuries – there were no paved roads until some 30-40 years back. Men have been mauled by tigers, stamped over by elephants, stung by venomous snakes which were in huge numbers in this part of the country until a few decades back. Wildlife has thinned in India in last few years and notably in Sabarimala which has made pilgrimage much safer these days. The arduous trek also gave some men heart attacks. Men have died clutching their hearts in the forests unable to climb up on foot. Do you think women in fertile age could have/can manage such an uphill task (literally). What if the women in their fertile years could get their periods on the way. This especially was a major concern for centuries, obviously.

This is the real reason, Sabarimala has been kept out of bounds for Hindu women. Over 99% of men still returned back home from Sabarimala darshan hale and healthy – but it is that 1% that is the reason for religious restrictions concerning entry to the temple.

Isn’t it amazing that in the state of Kerala where until not so very long ago women went topless, women were still barred from Sabarimala? Where women have the first right to inheritance over family estate genealogically not having waited for the self-proclaimed feminists of India to get them social justice and equal share in family property? If women are indeed relegated to an inferior position – I don’t see a clue.

Sabarimala also has been a congregating point for worship of Lord Aiyappa for thousands of Hindu men of all ages. Safety of women also concerned our forefathers who thought it was wise if women were protected from such a mass milieu of men who fasted for one whole mandalam of 48 days and abstained from family life during the period. Women below 12 years and over 55 years are allowed into Sabarimala. Women from my family have undertaken foot pilgrimage to Sabarimala after crossing 60 years. I have had girl friends who have walked their way through jungles with their fathers and brothers until they reached their menarche/pre-teens.

The last rites of men leaving for Sabarimala is still performed as per old traditions even if in modern days, men can be expected to return home 100% from the hill temple after a darshan. In olden days when there were no freezer facilities or any other means of bringing the dead home, the departed used to be cremated in the forests – by strangers or co-pilgrims. That is why families sent off their men performing their last rites (‘Vaikkarisi – this is a mother giving her son rice as last raw food in his mouth before he starts for Sabarimala. If he returns safe, then fine. If not, it meant the mother gave him his last food). In the bygone centuries, not all men returned alive and safe to the bosom of their families – hunted down by wild animals in the dense bushes or falling to death missing a foot hiking the steep mountains. Or simply dying of exhaustion on climbing up miles without adequate water or food. Or of cardiac arrest. Whatever.

Neither have women been allowed into Sabarimala nor has the ‘Vaikarisi’ custom been suspended because it is now perfectly safe for anyone and everyone to venture on a trek to Sabarimala temple. The ‘devaswom’ opens in August every year and closes after ‘Makara Deepam’ after Makar Sankranti (Pongal) day in January for the next 6 months. A brief opening of 2 weeks is there during Vishu (new year in April). Otherwise considering the inhospitable conditions of the Shrine and its location, the temple always remains closed for 6 months an year. During this period, wild animals from snakes to elephants may frequent the premises. Opening the shrine is a risky business every year. In the past, it could have been perilous operation, sans electricity and given the thick wildlife population in this part of the Kerala state. In recent years, it is no more tricky yet the customs and traditions continue.

So if Hindu women are barred from Sabarimala, it is not because women are kept out of the temple on purpose. Kerala is hardly a state where women can find themselves in a subjugated position to men. The literacy rate in the southern state is 100%. Yet Keralites respect traditions and follow ancient customs – out of sheer respect to our forefathers and their ways.

It is downright hypocrisy to label Sabarimala as a male bastion which it is not. Women activits fighting for Hindu women entry to Sabarimala do not know a thing about the history of Sabarimala – neither are they willing to learn. These are half baked cases.

I ‘unliked’ many Facebook pages previously I liked. One was ‘Make love not scars’ which was devoted to rehabilitation of acid attack victims. The ladies are doing a good job no doubt. But their attitude started confusing me. They released a list hailing some ‘progressive women’ such as Neeta Gupta (who posed topless in ‘Debonair’ in my school days and who got herself impregnated by a mystery man whose name she would not reveal (ofcourse it was Viv Richards or is it some other west Indian?) in the forefront. Home-breakers, lesbians, women in unsteady live-in relationships, women who gave birth to bastards were touted as role – models. The last straw was when they came up strongly against ‘body shaming’ – with pictures of how with a pear shape body and XXXL bra size and heavy bottoms,  you can still trot in bikini and consider yourself ‘beautiful’ with your self-esteem in tact. This was after they posted about women’s rights to attend universities in briefest shorts. The same day I ‘unliked’ them – and confirmed to myself Delhi women invited and wanted to get raped.

This is the reason I stopped reading the Delhi based magazine Femina – which glosses over the fake lifestyle of celebrities and Page 3 bimbos – and I am sure they have done a cover story even on Indrani Mookerjea – just mark my words. This is what they are – dust bin and nothing more. Vogue, Cosmopolitan India – what relevance do these have in Indian society. How to two-time in relationships, how and to who a celebrity lost his/her virginity at what age, whether to shop in London or New York for spring/summer sales – these are their chief womanly concerns.

It is time to remind these women what shit they are really. Like the Barkha Slut got slapped in the New York tv studio on live show.  It is time to come out for Hindus to remind these lowlies who they are:

  • Time to bring muzzies and christians under one singular uniform statute – under the umbrella of one code of law.
  • Time to introduce muzzie women into mosques – time for filing a suit in Supreme court. The same Maharashtra court can bring about reforms in a deranged community who dare to talk about others.
  • Time to appoint women as cremation ground staff.
  • Time for women to go topless in IPL stands. Why not Look at the dumbass who makes a fool of herself in her slit-skirt talking cricket in Star Sports. Is this what Feminism has been reduced to? What a cheap plastic.
  • And time to ban burqa as per law in India. It is a security threat to the nation. It is fine in middle-east. Not in India. Time to file a suit in Supreme court prohibiting the black veil

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Bury Barkha behind a mosque when she dies.  After all she was married to 2 muzzies (who both divorced her within 6 months reportedly).

 

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