Menstruation – A Bleeding Mentality.
Menstruation – A Bleeding Mentality.
Today I am going to discuss something different.. Something about Indian Culture and some taboos. A story of Shakti in form of Goddess.. In form of a Woman..
The Kamakhya Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest temple of the 51 Shakti Pithas. The temple of Kamakhya has a very interesting story of its origin.
The origin of worship ‘Shakti’ at the site is associated with the legend of Sati, who was the wife of the ascetic god Shiva and daughter of the god-king Daksha. Daksha was unhappy with his daughter’s choice of husband, and when he performed a grand Vedic sacrifice for all the deities, he did not invite Shiva or Sati. In a rage, Sati threw herself onto the fire, knowing that this would make the sacrifice impure. Because she was the all-powerful mother goddess, Sati left her body in that moment to be reborn as the goddess Parvati. Meanwhile, Shiva was stricken with grief and rage at the loss of his wife. He put Sati’s body over his shoulder and began his tandav throughout the heavens, and vowed not to stop until the body was completely rotted away. The other Gods, afraid of their annihilation, implored Vishnu to pacify Shiva. Thus, wherever Shiva wandered while dancing, Vishnu followed. He sent his discus Sudarshana to destroy the corpse of Sati. Pieces of her body fell until Shiva was left without a body to carry. According to various myths and traditions, there are 51 pieces of Sati’s body scattered across the Indian subcontinent. These places are called Shakti pithas and are dedicated to various powerful goddesses.
The Kamakhya Temple is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindu and especially for Tantric worshipers. Devotees come every morning with goats to offer to Shakti. In general female animals are exempt from sacrifice, a rule that is relaxed during mass sacrifices.
There is no image of Shakti here. Within a corner of the cave in the temple, there is sculptured image of the yoni of the goddess, The mythical womb and vagina of Shakti are supposedly installed in the ‘Garvagriha’ or sanctum of the temple. A natural spring keeps the stone moist.
During the Hindu month of Ashadh, Kamakhya Devi Bleeds and at this time, the river Brahmaputra flowing near the temple turns red. Some people say that the priests pour vermilion into the waters. The temple remains closed for three days and on the 4th day the holy water is distributed to the devotees.
It is really strange that women who are menstruating are not allowed to go to the temple. All the people worshiping the Bleeding Goddess in the temple and at the same time we are stopping women from entering temple while she is going through her periods. Menstruation is the symbol of a woman’s power to give birth. It is a power only female is having and not other gender. This is a gift she has received from nature.
I don’t know, what I am thinking is right or wrong. But I think Every Devi Temple in India worship the Shakti and power of a woman in form of Goddess and at the same time they are not respecting the power within the woman. You worship goddesses in temples and deny to give same respect to women is a thinkable issue.
Menstrual taboos are the severe form of sexism and there is nothing shameful about woman’s Menstruation, as it is a natural part of a woman’s life.
Few days back a Drummer and feminist Kiran Gandhi ran a London marathon without a tampon while menstruating and raised a voice towards Menstruation.
In an interview with one of the media source she said “I ran the whole marathon with my period blood running down my legs,” she wrote, making a statement that the taboos around women’s period were irrelevant.
In some societies it involves menstruation being perceived as unclean or embarrassing, extending even to the mention of menstruation both in public and in private. Many traditional religions consider menstruation ritually unclean.
This is the time to raise a voice. We always talk about women empowerment. Women empowerment is not restricted up to her education and her career. I think this issue is one of the part of women empowerment and we should support her. There are so many people who don’t speak openly about Menstruation cycle. It’s high time and we should speak openly about menstruation in India, a country that truly needs to quash its taboos.