It is possible some animal hides or tree barks were used to prepare this in ancient period. (Remember, only after the advent of Jainism and Buddhism, Hinduism stopped
animal sacrifices in Yagams and Homams, to propitiate the Devas). So, as per recorded History, even brahmins were not vegetarians, in the vedic age.
Sorry Seshadri. Chappaikattu we call it. The term sacrificial meat is too well known in Hinduism. The story of Vathapi and Agasthya is often quoted to show that the Brahmins ate meat. Accept it and leave it. Appayya Dikshita performed the Vajapeyayagna sacrificing horses. Please see
We do not need to sanitize Hinduism. That would be a sacrilege. Even an Aghori is a Hindu. BTW there is a specific word in Sanskrit which denotes an Adhithi for whom a cow is sacrificed. Vegetarianism and Go Samarakshan are later ideas.
I am not surprised. Even in the academic sessions when we were taught about the Vedic period of Hinduism, many students refuse to believe this though the professor is an orthodox Vaidik Brahmin.
May be I should start a thread on the so many unanswered questions about Hinduism.
Dear Sri Nacchinarkiniyan Ji,
We know that Adi Shankara united all diiferent deities from the different parts of India to promote Advaitha: Shiva from up North, Kali from Bengal, Ganapathy from Maharashtra/Gujarat, Krishna from I think Orissa, Vishnu from Andhra and Murugan from Tamil Nadu.
May be due to this effort the Gods got transmuted. Is my thinking not correct in terms of the timings involved?
have seen that shaktaism in maharashtra is very strong....incidentally most kings seem to have modelled their worship after shakti or power personifying dieties since they beleived it wud bring them power in a fight / war...eg: tulja bhavani was the kula devi of the king shivaji's clan and also happens to be the tutelary deity of the nepal royals.
As per books by Susan Bayly, the nayakas were also shakti worshipping initially...there is one story abt krishnadeva raya taking a different virgin every night before a war believing that the lady 'shakti' wud pass on her powers to him...he later sought and found peace in the vaishnava faith and gave up his kinky practices for good.
Hariharananda Paramahansa says in his book 'kriya yoga' that tantra somehow turned out to be the most misunderstood (and even abused) of all vedic texts, with westerners and new-age claimants even coining a term like tantra-sex.
Am wondering abt Krishna's origin - was it orissa or gujrat?
i asked a guide from srirangam why so mnay inscriptions in the temple there were in telugu and and he said that from his experiance he noticed that 'teluguvari ki vishnu priyam...just as shiva is dear to the tamils'....KRS-ji's posting reminds me of that...but i thot that Krishna was from Gujarat (??)...all very interesting..finally leads us to the 'ekam satya vipra...' statement.
When you visit Tirumala Venkatachalapathy Temple,you will notice on the walls,on the steps...lots of writings inscribed in Tamil.But the Tamil writing pattern is slightly different than what was taught to us in schools.I think they call it Grantha Tamil or Vattala Ezhuth Tamil....maybe scholars here can throw further light on this.
I remember some people even saying,the Temple itself was part of Madras Presidency and TN got Palani..or some other temples..some controversy is there,i am sure of it..dunno the exact details...interestingly D H A R M A S when annagrammed becomes M A D H R A S ..
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