Hindu Shrine’s Public Display of Affection
Eroticism and Hinduism have strong relation since the onset of temple building and worshipping of Hindu Gods inside a closed precinct and sanctum sanctorum. Incidentally on the evening of Valentine’s Day I was present in one of the richest Hindu God’s temple – Tirupati Venkateswara Balaji. And, what I have seen inside the garbha-griha is only to be elaborated and believed (not necessarily by staunch Hindu bigots). Inside the temple complex, camera is not allowed so what I had seen can’t be supported by any proof and those who wants to be confirmed they have to travel to this temple. So, I had seen a passionate couple, smooching happily, God’s right hand on the right breast of Apsara or Goddess whatever may be. Lady figure enjoying the passion and lifting the left leg of her lover by her left hand, the left leg and left hand hanging in air. This was not the kind of Kamasutra position but it certainly was Hinduism’s Public Display of Affection and that too inside the sanctum sanctorum, in front of the main deity. The statue is beautifully carved on rock stone and it is a tight slap on the face of puritan right-winged Hindu extremist organizations like Bajrang Dal and Shiva Sena who strongly oppose the ‘Public Display of Affection’ as anti-Indian idea and a corrupting way of western thoughts. These extremists vandalize gift-shops on every year during Valentine’s Day, attacking love birds with hockey sticks in hotels, restaurants, pubs, cinema halls, malls and parks. Surely and certainly Hindu extremist groups will never dare to vandalize the love making couples of Hindu temples.
I will rate this temple five out of five star for propagating the idea of love and ‘Public Display of Affection’ in a country of crazy Hindus who begets more kids than enjoying sex. Muaaah!
© Sushil Kumar