Weapon Worship during Durga Puja

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    A report on the 141 year old tradition by the now Jharkhand Armed Police, many of whom are Gurkhas, of worshipping weapons during Durga Puja.

    Weapons that can be seen in the video:
    • AK-47
    • Bren LMG
    • INSAS AR
    • INSAS LMG
    • Khukri
    • Short Magazine Lee Enfield (.303)
    • Sterling Carbine

    Occasion:
    • Durga Puja

    Location:
    • Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

    Organisers:
    • Jharkhand Armed Police


     
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    Weapon Worship by Rajpur Sabha during Vijaya Dashami (last day of Durga Puja) at Jammu.

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    Weapon Worship by CRPF during Vijaya Dashami (last day of Durga Puja) at Amritsar.

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    Weapon Worship by Tripura State Rifles during Vishwakarma Puja at Agartala.
     
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    sacrifice of 101 goats...God...these guys know how to celebrate festivals !!!

    On a side note in our place the 10th day of Dusshera is called "Ayudha Pujai" (worship of weapons/tools) and in villages they used to keep spears/aruvaals and worship.
     
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    Goats as well as buffaloes are sacrificed. Traditionally, it is usually buffaloes, because Godess Durga defeated Mahishasura on the last day of Durga Puja. Her victory on the 10th day is commemorated as Vijaya Dashami. Mind you, even the Mahishasura is worshipped, along with all the weapons used by Godess Durga, her children and her foe, Mahishasura.
     
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    What of the sacrificed goats/buffaloes ? Are they disposed off or they are cooked ?
     
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    They are cooked, without onion, garlic and ginger, first offered to the idol of Godess Durga, then eaten by the priest and thereafter served as prasad(am) to the devotees.

    One thing to note here is that, AFAIK, vegetarian Brahmins are not allowed to perform this ritual.
     
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    More on Buffalo Sacrifice

    More on Buffalo Sacrifice:

    Note, the day of the sacrifice can vary, between Ashtami (8th day), Navami (9th day) and Dashami (10th day).

    One may not agree with this, and I, myself, am not sure whether this is correct, but an interesting perspective:
     
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    In Bengal eating fish is considered "vegetarian" :rolleyes:..I'm not surprised.

    Ok how are the Buffaloes sacrificed...Halal method of jhatka method ?
     
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    Now this is what i like. :namaste:
     
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    why would halal be used ?

    use common sense....tradition is being followed before islam.
     
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    No. Fish is non-vegetarian. Most Bengali families have one day of the week as vegetarian, and fish, eggs, meat, etc., are not cooked on that day. Even onion, garlic, ginger is not used for cooking.

    However, any kind of fish or meat, that is cooked as per religious rituals, i.e. without onion, garlic and ginger, is considered niramish, which roughly means vegetarian, but that is not the exact meaning. The meaning is more complicated. :)

    No halal.

    One swipe and the head must be severed. The medulla of the animal is destroyed first, and the animal feels negligible to zero pain. If the sacrificer fails to sever the head in one swipe, it is mahapaap and he has to perform prayashchit ritual for that.
     
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    I just asked...Halal method was not invented by Muslims or came into being only after Islam...like alomst everything else they based it on the Jewsih method which is similar...And Jewism has been there forever.
     
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    No man..once I had a funny argument with my Bengali colleague who kept arguing that fish is considered vegetarian in Bengal and even orthodox Brahmins eat it. I recollected from that.



    Yeah that how even we do.
     
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    Well, the confusion arises from equating niramish and amish with vegetarian and non-vegetarian, respectively.

    They are more or less the same, but not really same. Your colleague just didn't know the details.

    Indeed. It is believed that it is a Dravidian tradition, however, I have a Tamil friend who tells me that he is a Brahmin and therefore vegetarian. I tease him by saying I will never allow him to do Durga Puja. :)

    I am pretty sure there are different rules among different Tamil communities. You can tell me more.
     
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    This traditions is being followed even before jews came into existence.

    Infact these are true Indian traditions that pseudu wankers want eliminated. You know whom im talking about.
     
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    He is correct..brahmins in south dont even like the sight of meat/chicken or fish...They are by definition pure vegetarians and some Iyengars ( a group among Brahmins who are considered higher in hierarchy than the rest of Brahmins ) dont even eat onion and garlic.

    But among my caste and some others like Thevars,Nadars animal sacrifice is common..but the thing is they are not sacrificed on Dusshera as it is considered auspicious day and so we dont eat meat that day...Some events for which we sacrifice animals are like , if something favorable happens to us and as an offering for that, or during the age-attending ceremony of girls.

    Also the sacrifices are made to village deities or to more fierce avatars of Durga like Kali amman and not to mainstream Gods like Shiva, Muruga etc. And the chosen animal for sacrifice is goat - specially bred for this purpose and among the not-so-affluent Hens.
     
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    Judaism is like Hinduism...there is no agreed date when it was started...anyway..even the so called wankers have their uses.
     
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    There is date for judaism ie when moses onto the scene while there is none for hinduism becuase it not like other religions.
     
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    There is no historical date as to when Moses lived.
     
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    There is not an exact date but there is an agreement on the range give a 100 years here or there unlike hinduism.

    for one we know there were no jews when there weren't any pyramids because when moses was born the pharos were already ruling...can you say the same for hinduism ?
     
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