Press Esc to close
Tuesday 21 October 2014
News updated at 3:16 AM IST
Weather
Max: 30.8°C
Min : 20.1°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Chips, not ladoos for god's birthday

Sanjay Pandey, Lucknow, Dec 7, 2012, DHNS :

Changing times

That with the passage of the time, cultural values have also undergone a sea change could be seen even during the religious rituals.

On Thursday, while some celebrated the birthday of Dandapani Bhairav with traditional sweets, others enjoyed it with chocolates, cakes and chips.

According to Hindu mythology ‘Dandapani Bhairav’ was the magistrate of Varanasi and Lord Shiva, who founded the holy city, had given him the authority of to decide cases and punish offenders.

While a majority of the devotees offered the traditional ‘laddoos’ and ‘pakwans’ and other such, there were many, who gave modern ‘junk’ food.


The Bahairav temples witnessed long queues of devotees till late at night on this occasion.

While the religious leaders attribute the changes to the decline in the cultural values, a few others feel that it does not make any difference.

“Now the people have no time for making sweet items at home. It involves a lot a of expenditure and consumes time.

So people find it convenient to purchase ready made items from the markets and offer them on the deities,” said Pandit Upendra Dixit, a Lucknow based priest.

“One is free to celebrate the god’s birthday in any way one likes. There must not be any restriction on that as long as it is not irreligious,” another Lucknow priest said.

According to mythology, Bhairav was the incarnation of Lord Shiva and has many forms.
While Kal Bhairav acts as Kotwal of Kashi, Dandapani Bhairav acts as a magistrate.

Ganga petition


A few months back, the residents of Varanasi and the religious community, frustrated over the alleged apathy of the centre over making the Ganges free from pollution and ensuring its unchecked flow, had approached court of Bahirav.

They filed a petition seeking action against top leaders of the UPA government, including Prime Minister Manmoahn Singh.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Army recruits during their attestation parade at Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington, Ooty on...

Army recruits during their attestation parade at Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington, Ooty on...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 photo, a Kashmiri woman blocks a road during a protest demanding...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 photo, a Kashmiri woman blocks a road during a protest demanding...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 42nd Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 42nd Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical...

Devendra Fadnavis hugs his mother Savita after his victory during the Assembly election in...

Devendra Fadnavis hugs his mother Savita after his victory during the Assembly election in...

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitaraman launching the Online Export...

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitaraman launching the Online Export...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah after the party's parliamentary...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah after the party's parliamentary...

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as...

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as...

In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, an Indian woman uses her hand to put sawdust in an...

In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, an Indian woman uses her hand to put sawdust in an...

(L-R) Asha Bhat, Miss Diva Universe 2014 2nd runner up, Noyonita Lodh, Miss Diva Universe 2014...

(L-R) Asha Bhat, Miss Diva Universe 2014 2nd runner up, Noyonita Lodh, Miss Diva Universe 2014...

An Indian man teaches yoga postures to schoolchildren at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad...

An Indian man teaches yoga postures to schoolchildren at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523