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HINDU DRINKING MILK MIRACLE - deities drinking offered milk

JayF - Sun, 13 Nov 2005 19:34:08 +0530
Here was something I came across today that happened in 1995.

Taken from

On Sept. 21, 1995 eyewitnesses in India began reporting accounts of statues in India drinking milk. The stock market and the federal government closed down in India so that people could feed the statues. This also continued with other statues around the world. This was only Indian statues. Within 72 hours Hindu statues around the world were consuming milk by the liter. Some of the countries were Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia and England. There has been no explanation as of yet but some people feel it was a miracle.

Television, radio and newspapers eagerly covered this unique phenomenon, and even skeptical  journalists held their milk-filled spoons to the gods - and watched, humbled, as the milk disappeared.  The media coverage was extensive, and although scientists and 'experts' created theories of "capillary  absorption" and "mass hysteria", the overwhelming evidence and conclusion was that an unexplainable  miracle had occurred.

It all began at dawn in a temple on the outskirts of Delhi, India, when milk offered to a statue of Ganesh  just disappeared into thin air. Word spread so quickly throughout India that soon thousands were  offering milk to the gods and watching in amazement as it disappeared. Life in India was brought to a  virtual standstill as people rushed to temples to see for themselves the drinking gods. Others claimed  that small statues in millions of homes around the country were also drinking the offerings of milk.

At one of Delhi's largest temples, the Birla Mandir, Pandit Sunderlal was just coming on duty at 5.30am  when he got a call telling him of the miracle in the suburbs. "I went and took a spoon of milk and put it  to Ganesh's mouth. He drank it and it became empty. Then I gave Shiva a drink too."

Traffic in Delhi was halted as police struggled to control crowds who gathered outside hundreds of  temples with jugs and saucepans of milk for the marble statues of Ganesh, the Hindu God of wisdom  and learning, and Shiva, his father, God the Destroyer in the Hindu trinity. Across Delhi, society ladies  with silver jugs and tumblers full of milk were standing alongside uneducated laboring women in  mile-long queues, awaiting their turn.

At one Delhi temple a priest said more than 5,000 people had visited his temple: "We are having a hard  time managing the crowds." A Delhi housewife who had waited two hours to feed the white marble  statue of Ganesh said: "The evil world is coming to an end and maybe the Gods are here to help us."  Even the cynical professed amazement. "It's unbelievable. My friends told me about it and I just thought  it was rubbish," said a Delhi business woman, Mabati Kasori. "But then I did it myself. I swear that the  spoon was drained." Parmeesh Soti, a company executive, was convinced it was a miracle. "It cannot be  a hoax. Where would all that milk go to? It just disappeared in front of my eyes."

Suzanne Goldenberg, a Delhi-based journalist, reported that: "Inside the darkened shrine, people held  stainless steel cups and clay pots to the central figure of the five-headed Shiva, the destroyer of evil,  and his snake companion, and watched the milk levels ebb. Although some devotees force-fed the idol  enthusiastically, the floor was fairly dry."

India was in pandemonium. The Government shut down for several hours, and trading ground to a halt  on stock markets in Bombay and New Delhi as millions in homes and temples around the country offered  milk to the gods.

Very soon the news spread to Hindu communities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Nepal, Thailand, Dubai, the  United Kingdom, the USA, and Canada. Reports were flooding in from all over the world. In Hong Kong  more than 800 people converged on the Hindu temple in Happy Valley to witness the drinking statues of  Krishna and Brahma alongside the small silver statue of Ganesh which priests claimed had drunk 20 liters  of milk.

In the United Kingdom, Hindus reported miracles taking place in temples and homes around the country.  At the Vishwa Temple in Southall, London, 10,000 people in 24 hours witnessed the 15-inch statue of the  bull Nandi and a bronze statue of the cobra Shash Naag drinking milk from cups and spoons. Sushmith  Jaswal, aged 20, said she was skeptical at first but her doubts vanished with the milk. "It was like a  blessing," she said. Nita Mason also witnessed the statue and said, "It is a miracle -- God is trying to  show people that he is here." Girish Desai, a bank worker from Edgware said: "I had heard reports but  didn't believe it. But I experienced it myself. I held a spoonful of milk to the lips of one of the idols . . .  and the statue started sipping it. The milk disappeared as I watched it."

At the Geeta Bhavan Temple in Manchester a 3-inch silver Ganesh lapped up the milk. Rakesh Behl, 35,  fed the silver elephant several times and said: "Did you see how quickly Ganesh drank? How can anyone  not believe this miracle? This has really inspired my faith." At the Southall home of Asha Ruparelia, 42, a  clay statue of Ganesh was drinking the milk in her living room: "It has drunk 20 pints of milk since last  night. Nearly 600 people have come round to see it."

Another amazing manifestation occurred at a major Hindu temple in Wimbledon, South London. There,  milk offerings to the statue of Ganesh disappeared, and, simultaneously, in a shrine room containing a  large photograph of Sai Baba, vibhuti (holy ash) poured from Sai Baba's forehead, and amrit (nectar)  flowed from His feet.

Many journalists actively participated in these miraculous events. Rebecca Mae, a DAILY EXPRESS  journalist, wrote: "I had a good view from the side and all I can say is that the statue appeared to suck  in half a spoonful while it was held level by the worshipper. The rest was sipped reverently by the  devotee. A photographer from a national tabloid newspaper was right in front of the statue. And he  was convinced it was drinking the milk. He said he could see no mechanism to explain the phenomenon,  after scrutinising it at length. As a lapsed Catholic I don't believe in stories of the Virgin Mary shedding  tears. Indeed, I would say I was as skeptical as anyone -- but it's difficult to dismiss something you have  seen for yourself."

Journalist Suzanne O'Shea also witnessed the miracle. "Following the example of others I knelt on the  floor beside the statue of the bull and placed a dessert spoon filled with milk beside its mouth, steadying  it with both hands. Within seconds the milk had virtually vanished, leaving just a drop in the spoon that  was emptied into my hands so that I could bless myself. I tried a second time, and again the milk  seemed to vanish from the spoon within seconds."

Rikee Verma, a journalist from The Times newspaper, wrote: "Being a religious person, I first went to  the upstairs bedroom . . . and placed a spoonful of milk against a photograph of Ganesh and was  astonished to find within seconds that the spoon was half empty. I checked to make sure that the glass  frame of the photograph was not wet. It was dry. I could not believe what I was seeing. This was  clearly a message from the gods saying: 'We are here, here's the proof.' I then went to the Sri Ram  Mandir [Temple] in Southall. . . . I placed a spoonful of milk underneath the trunk and within seconds the  spoon was empty. . . . Others who had witnessed the miracle were filled with emotion. 'Our god has  finally come to us,' one said."

While the media and scientists still struggle to find an explanation for these events, many Hindus believe  they are a sign that a great teacher has been born. Journalist Rebecca Mae writes: "Most of the  worshippers said they only went to the temple occasionally and were certainly not religious fanatics. But  they were adamant that a new god had been born to save the world from evil." Krishna Anratar Dubey,  a respected Indian astrologer, explained that according to Hindu mythology such miracles happen when  a great Soul arrives in the world.

At the Southall temple in London where thousands had witnessed the miracles, the chairman Mr. Bharbari  offered his explanation. "All I know is that our Holy Book says that wherever evil prevails on earth then  some great Soul will descend to remove the bondage of evil so that right shall reign. We believe this  miracle, and those happening at other Hindu temples, may be a sign that a great Soul has descended,  like Lord Krishna or Jesus Christ."

- The Guardian

Did anybody participate in this? Was there any further findings or similiar anomolies after the fact? Anybody that has any other information to add would be much appreciated.
babu - Mon, 14 Nov 2005 02:56:17 +0530
i think the gods who drank the milk should have had more regard for the dreadful conditions of the cows who gave the milk... if they drank soymilk, that wouldhave been something i would toot my horn about but milk, no way

go vegan!

as per the latest anomalies, there was a thread not too long ago about Ganesha shedding some tears
Gaurasundara - Mon, 14 Nov 2005 09:43:20 +0530
QUOTE(JayF @ Nov 13 2005, 02:04 PM)
Did anybody participate in this? Was there any further findings or similiar anomolies after the fact? Anybody that has any other information to add would be much appreciated.

The interesting thing is that this was happening in many people's homes too, including the homes of some friends. There was also an issue of spillage; some Ganesh deities were drinking the milk-spoonfuls at their own pace whereas in other houses Ganesh seemed to drink it all up. I also remember hearing a story of how all the milk in someone's fridge "vanished" because there was a Ganesh murti on the top of it.

In my house there was some spillage but the Ganesh-murti drank up some of it.