Weird And Wonderful Offerings In An Indian Temple

Temples of Asia | | September 10, 2009 at 10:11 am




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A typical contribution offered at any temple in India would normally comprise of flowers, coconuts, sweets among others. In certain shakti peethas, the devotees offer food items of non-vegetarian form and intoxicants, liquor. If that is not outlandish enough, there is an Indian temple cited in Orissa in the district of Kendrapada where the partisans make offerings of ‘Clocks’.

A once in a lifetime trip, absolutely undertaken is to the ‘Maa Panchu-baraha temple’ located in the district of Kendrapada, in the block of Rajnagar. The highly revered, nearly four centuries old temple is situated in a sea-facing village. The credence is that if one desires to partake in a voyage or entreat for one’s secure homecoming, then an offering in this temple would aid in taking care of one’s trip.

The ardent devotees make offerings of timepieces, different clocks, inclusive of even wrist watches to the goddess of safety and for the well-timed passage while going to and coming back from remote places. During the by-gone days of Satabhaya and its adjoining places, the locals required to travel far and wide in order to vend clothing, paddy, veggies and several articles. In the olden days, a travel via roadways or through water was considered being laden with perils, due to which the village dwellers would visit the temple prior to heading off on their ventures to remote locales.

The temple is highly revered amongst the transporting and travelling community. Several individuals who drive various forms of transport like buses, trucks amongst others make offerings of clocks with the staunch hopes that it would protect them from any road disasters. The eminence of the temple has penetrated to wide quarters, with countless followers thronging the temple premises to make their offerings.

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The interiors of the temple are ornate with an assortment of clocks that embellish its walls. The heightened time when activity is at its zenith are at the times of the Indian festival ‘Dusehra’ during October and in ‘Pana Sankranti’ during March.

The warehouse of clocks received via offerings is later auctioned by the temple authorities as a means to amass funds to be routed to the temple’s refurbishment. The ritualistic clock offering is merely a century old phenomenon and thus considered quite recent is that matter. However, deemed olden or otherwise, the tradition has directly meant that the watch vendors in the close by Bausakani and Gupti villages are sure making merry on their detour from the bank, all thanks to the heavy clock sales, all in the name of God.

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6 Comments

  1. Jesica says:

    That’s really weird & rare kinda offering. I had never heard of it before. However, 2 century old thing can’t be considered authentically valuable in country where 5 thousand year old traditions are still practiced. What do you guys think?

  2. Ryan says:

    It’s not weird, actually. It’s kinda symbolic. To get good time, you offer something that represents watch. Really fun! How far is it from nearest airport? Btw, which is the nearest airport?

  3. Sandy says:

    Would it be a cool idea to chekck it out around October? That festival would be so fun! I just wanna know, if it could be covered in 2 days, as my trip is already packed?

  4. Jacky says:

    I didn’t know that there were non-vegetarian food & liqueur offerings made to hindu gods. That itself sounds strange, Dude! Clock is like the ultimate.

  5. Anitha says:

    It is not wired. It is cool offering. Prayer to the Godess with Offering of clock secures safe return. Clock gives more stress to the point of safe return. Even though it is not 5000 thousand year practice, it is done with devotion and love. Anything done with love and devotion takes one nearer to God and it is good to have once wishes fulfilled.
    .-= Anitha´s last blog ..Indian Temples: Kanchipuram Kamatchi =-.

  6. vareeja says:

    Interesting piece of travellers’ information…

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