|I Went to Bed Smelling Like Dettol (standard:Creative non-fiction, 1038 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Jul 22 2012||Views/Reads: 1474/704||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Dettol is a strong chemical smelling universal antibacterial solution kept at every household. Juggernaut receives a whole body bath with Dettol from his mother to clense his body after he came in comtact with a vendor with a chronic infectious diesease|
I Went to Bed Smelling Like Dettol Subba Rao Hindu deities depicting various incarnations of God were worshipped in fabulous temples; there are scores of Hindu deities of local faith in small towns and villages worshiped in open-air or in modest structures made up of steel, wood or concrete. Nowhere in the history one can find the name of a sculptor that carved any deity in any temple; people don't want to believe that the deities were man- made, the deities were discovered accidentally hundreds to thousands of years ago in a cave or mountain top or deep well or at the bottom of a river, only installed later in intricately constructed fabulous temples. For believers, a real God or Goddess after completing his or her duty on earth turned into a deity in either complete human, complete animal or half human and half animal form to be worshipped for thousands of years to come. A stone Deity of Goddess Kanaka Maha Lakshmi believed to be discovered over a hundred years ago in a deep well was later installed on an open-air small rock podium in the center of a street in a residential area known for small-scale business community. The deity of the bust of Goddess Lakshmi was worshipped daily by the devotees pouring coconut water and cow's milk over the deity. This practice along with exposure to hot sun, wind and rain in open-air slowly eroded the facial features of the bust. Now, after a century of open-air worship, one can hardly identify the deity's facial features, and then the local government took over the management of the worship and built a shelter to protect the deity from the elements. While Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped worldwide among Hindu community, Goddess Kanaka Maha Lakshmi, a variant of Goddess Lakshmi is purely local; thousands of devotees travel hundreds of miles to visit the deity known for granting the wishes of her devotees in acquiring wealth and upward mobility in whatever field. For these reasons, Juggernaut's mother took her children often to worship the stone bust of Kanaka Maha Lakshmi.; not too far from temple was a 150 year old St. Ann cathedral perhaps the largest church in the city. It is ironic that Muslims in the neighborhood also worship St. Ann as Hannah. Between the church bells ringing and religious songs from a loud speaker near the Lakshmi temple, life could be overwhelming for the local residents. The side-walks along the narrow streets around the Click here to read the rest of this story (125 more lines)
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