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Crowds Throng to See Hindu Statues Drink
LUCKNOW, India -- Hundreds of thousands of Indians thronged temples across India on Monday in the belief that statues of Hindu gods were drinking milk.
"I put a milk-filled spoon to Ganesha's mouth and he drank it," exclaimed Akhilesh Shukla, a trader in Lucknow, capital of northern Uttar Pradesh state.
He was among the countless devotees who carried milk in glasses and pitchers to northern Indian temples where Hindus worship Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of good fortune and wisdom; Shiva, the destroyer, and Durga, the goddess of strength.
The drinking gods craze came after thousands of Muslims flocked to a bay in Bombay late Friday and early Saturday to drink "sweet water" -- ordinarily brackish water that was noticeably less salty than usual.
At that time, a group of scientists visited a temple in New Delhi and fed a statue milk tinted with dye. The milk was quickly absorbed by the idol, and soon permeated the stone, leaving the statue coated by a colored, milky film.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
good question, maybe someone should test that theory out. I would, but I have no clay figurines in my house, my Ganesh is brass, but i'll still give it a go with that...
oh wait, I do have a sandalwood Ganesha too, when I do this, I'll try it with that one too.
Originally posted by Byrd
Do you have some links (in English... silly me can only read English) about how Hindus are reacting to this?