Mahant, Sarayu, and Ram

Posted in Blogs (Articles) on November 8th, 2018 by Rajesh Kochhar – Be the first to comment

UP Government’s decision to install a tall statue of Bhagvan Shri Ram on the banks of river Sarayu is highly objectionable on the ground that it would reduce a worshipful deity to a public spectacle and a tiny dot on the tourist map.
When the devotees worship an idol, they are not worshipping the statue in front of them but the deity that resides in it. That is why pran-pratishtha is a vital part of moorti pooja. In their own framework, the worshipers are not merely paying obeisance to the image in front of them, but establishing a one-to-one relationshipwith the god as if the image were a living entity.
That is why the pujari of the temple is not like a security officer in a museum, but a personal attendant to the god that is virajmaan in the idol .
For some reason, parikrama, that is going around the installed idols in a prescribed manner, is an integral part of the pooja.
If UP decides to go ahead with its Ram statue proposal, it should ensure that the statue is not a mere decoration in a park. The moorti should be properly consecrated, and permanent arrangement made to prevent its desecration by the vagaries of nature and by bird droppings, etc.

Renaming Shimla mocking history

Posted in Blogs (Articles) on November 5th, 2018 by Rajesh Kochhar – Be the first to comment

Neither tradition, nor any documentation links Shimla with any deity. The imagined association is a back-formation and a mindless exercise in Sanskritisation.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/weekly-pullouts/himachal-tribune/renaming-shimla-mocking-history/674135.html

 

Pages from an unwritten diary

Posted in Blogs (Articles) on September 17th, 2018 by Rajesh Kochhar – Be the first to comment

A match was arranged between a girl and a boy. Evverything was fine except for the postal address of the girl’s family who lived on GB Road in Delhi, well known a a red-light area. The boy’s family insisted that the address printed onthe wedding card should not mention GB Road. One can well imagine the mirth that would have arisen if the true address was printed.