|Three Green Candles (standard:non fiction, 1461 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Sep 02 2013||Views/Reads: 3090/879||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Juggernaut took three green candles made from veg oil to light them up at Hindu Temple, Muslim Mosque and Catholic Church. He received three different responses from a Hindu priest, Muslim Imam and Christian father at the church.|
Three Green Candles Subba Rao Agni is the fire god in Hindu mythology. Fire plays an important role in Hindu rituals; flame as a symbol destroys evil to re- seed Dharma or truthfulness like fire destroys overgrowth on forest floor for rejuvenation of useful species. Not every kind of wood is appropriate to generate fire and flames during the rituals. The Hindu priest consults scriptures to select a particular tree bark or wood for a specific ritual. If a ritual were to produce badly needed rain in severe drought, the priest after consulting scriptures will use a particular tree wood appropriate to yield results in making ritual fire. It is like selecting a particular medicinal herb for treatment of an ailment in ancient medicine. Most priests carry wood chips of various plant species while visiting the devotees at their homes to conduct rituals. Near the shipping harbor in town, among the line of three hills, on top of each one of them has a place of worship; a Hindu temple, a Muslim dargah and a Roman Catholic Chapel ‘Mother Mary's Church.' Devotees attending the Hindu temple carry a small bottle of vegetable oil or clarified butter, cotton wicks and shallow clay lamps to make diya or lamp at the temple as part of worship. Wicks saturated in oil placed in clay or brass lamp were lighted at an appropriate time on the advice of the temple priest during the ceremonies. Juggernaut instead carried three green candles to the Hindu temple to worship his favorite god Hanuman. “I brought few green candles to light them up if you would allow me,” Juggernaut removed green candles from a brown paper bag. “Burning candle is burning animal fat; for that reason we don't light candles in Hindu temples,” the old priest was polite. “These green candles were made from vegetable shortening not animal fat.” “You mean the kind of vegetable shortening used in cooking?” the priest was curious. “Yes, I used vegetable shortening and turned into wax by hydrogenation to make these candles burn for a long time and the green dye turned them into green. I request for your permission to light them instead of diya which could be a fire hazard.” Juggernaut was Click here to read the rest of this story (222 more lines)
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