Skip to main content

Why cats are worshipped in Kedar-Gouri temple (blog marathon post 15)



Yesterday, I told you that I would tell you that I would tell you the story of why cats are worshipped in Kedar-Gouri temple in Bhubhaneshwar and how a cat followed me around, even sleeping in my lap.



Many many years ago in a small village in Orissa there lived a very pious but extremely poor Brahmin  family. 
There was a husband, his wife and  the mother-in-law who followed all the rituals and religious ceremonies. 
 Every day before they ate their breakfast the mother-in-law would make an offering of mile,  to the Goddess. Then after she performed the pooja, she would use that milk for coffee. 
One day the wife was very hungry as they had no food the previous night and had starved. So when she saw the milk the next morning,  she couldn't resist taking half a tumbler. Out of sheer hunger she gulped it down.  
Then she panicked as the mother-in-law would  notice the reduced quantity and be furious, as the wife had committed a sin by having the milk kept for the Goddess. She didn't know what to do. 
So to cover up her theft, she dipped her fingers in the milk and smeared it around the mouth of their pet cat. 
The mother in law saw the milk around the mouth of the cat and the reduced quantity of the milk. She was so angry that she beat up the cat. 
The cat felt very sad and climbed up the tree outside their house and mewed in agony, piteously. 
Goddess Kedar-gauri couldn't bear it. She descended on earth in disguise of an old woman and she took away the cat. She then kept the cat with her as her "vaahan". 
(Each of the Indian Gods have an animal as their 'vahaan'. The animal then gets divine rights and is worshipped and treated well, just a rung below the gods and goddesses.)
 
So the cat lived happily ever after with Goddess  Kedar-Gauri. 
And that is why cats are revered and treated well and worshipped in that temple.  
And this is why people gift a kitten to the Goddess when their wishes are fulfilled. 


 _________________________________________________________________________



Like what you read?
Buy my books, you will love them:   http://is.gd/preetibooks
 Get my latest non-fiction book on relationships at just Rs.175/- : Bit.ly/WhyWeLoveTheWayWeDo


Comments

  1. one of a traditional myth.no matter we believe or no,we still feel bound to them in some way.:)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Woowwwww.. nice to hear such story

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a beautiful story.All these stories really amazes me

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your leaving a comment! Okay--I appreciate your leaving a comment if you have something nice to say ;-)


Popular posts from this blog

Why you are making a mistake if you don't speak up about #MeToo

The last few days have been tumultuous for everyone in urban India. If you are a working professional, or have worked at some point in your life, or if you strongly believe in gender equality,  it is hard to not get affected by the #Metoo movement. The #Metoo movement has taken off in India, like the  metaphorical snowball. I too, like many of you,  have been following closely, in shocked silence, as it has been unfolding. I can't tell you how happy I am that women in India, are standing up in solidarity, taking back their dignity.

Several  powerful men have been named.The stories have come POURING out.
I shall not go into details of the men named or the incidents here, as it is all over the media.

When something happens in your field of interest, it is natural that it affects you more than the incidents that happen in other fields. For me, what has been particularly disturbing was that the names from the field of literature that were coming out as well.

Earlier, in press in…

Re-store : A delightful little shop in Whitefield, Bangalore.

All of us are guilty, at least to some extent  of hoarding stuff. We hold on to old things--be it clothes, books, utensils, footwear, knick-knacks or some such, that form the minutiae of our daily lives. Many a time these add to the the clutter too. Rare is the home which looks like the above pic.


I am a huge fan of Marie Kondo, and I highly recommend her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up  which is more than just a book.

It is an entire philosophy, and a new approach. I read the book back to back, and immediately put into use the methods described in the book. I must tell you how wonderful I felt! I never thought that I could be that organised.

Clearing clutter, and the stuff that you no longer have use for, does release 'blocked energy.' There is no scientific or rational explanation for this. I only know that it works for me. Any Feng Shui practitioner and  loads of Eastern Schools of belief will confirm this.

I always make it a point to give away things I no longe…

5 easy and useful tips to help you achieve your goals.

Dreams are goals with a deadline. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. I am a huge believer of these two statements.

Many a time, I have been asked this question
'How do you do so many things? How do you focus on your goals? How are you so dedicated?'

Many have written to me asking me to share my routine/ time-management/how I organise my day. So here goes:

Currently I am doing a challenge called Intkober where you do 31 drawings in Ink, in 31 days. The prompts are given in advance. Click on the link to know more. Thousands of artists all over the world do it, each year. I post my drawings on myInstagram art handle.

This is in addition to my writing which I do daily. I also make a portrait every single day, apart from Inktober.

I guess, to most people who see this, it looks like a LOT of things and they wonder how I manage it. Here are five  things I do, which help me. (and I hope they help you too)

1. Define the goals.

At the beginning of each month, I write down (in a dia…