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|The Woman Priest at Lord Hanuman Temple (standard:non fiction, 896 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Dec 22 2013||Views/Reads: 2094/742||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|At any place of worship either Christian, Hindu or Muslim, not often one finds a woman priest. At Lord Hanuman Hindu temple in Pineappleville, a town on southeastern coast of India, a woman priest conducted the worship at decades ago with little success.|
A Woman Priest at Lord Hanuman Temple Subba Rao There were several Hindu temples in Pineappleville, a large town on the southeastern sea coast of India known for pineapples. The temples with deities known for fulfilling devotees' wishes were always crowded. There were other temples in town that attract crowds only on auspicious days according to Hindu calendar. Then there was this small Lord Hanuman temple on the main road that was sparsely attended by the devotees even on the auspicious days. Lord Hanuman, a half-man and half primate, a devout servant of Lord Rama in Hindu mythology was one of the incarnations of god. Lord Hanuman maintained lifelong celibacy to conserve physical energy totally for acts of good deeds. For example, he pulled a mountain from the ground up and carried single-handedly flying with it to a far distance with its fauna and flora to supply the magic herbal plant on it to restore the life of Lord Laxmana died in a freak accident during the holy war of Ramayana. Lord Hanuman with help of his fellow primates built a bridge using rocks from the ocean depth to connect the island of Lanka to the mainland India to facilitate the army of Lord Rama to reach the island to defeat the evil king Ravana and release his wife Sita from forced confinement. The exemplary heroic acts with immense physical strength made Lord Hanuman a symbol of physical strength in Hindu mythology. The deities of Lord Hanuman were always exhibit his physical attributes of pure muscles from neck down. Some of Lord Hanuman's devotees remain celibate throughout their life time to use their physical energy for good deeds. Most Hindu deities were adorned with pure silk and valuable gold and precious stone jewelry but the deity of Lord Hanuman was always bare exposing his humongous muscles painted in scarlet red sticky dye characteristic to Lord Hanuman deities. The devotees visiting Lord Hanuman temple were offered a small sample of sticky scarlet dye to rub against their forehead or neck as a marker for others to encourage a visit to Lord Hanuman for blessings. The sparsely attended Lord Hanuman temple was only temple in Pineappleville with a woman priest Purnima. Though she was not trained in Hindu traditions as a priest, she performed the duties of priesthood. In the past, a wealthy immigrant business family brought Purnima along from a far distance in north to work in their family home Click here to read the rest of this story (91 more lines)
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