Driving home from yet another official road trip this time from Chittoor, I came across a traffic holdup and it appeared to be one of those funeral processions with loud music and noise. I was frankly shocked when I saw that it was not a funeral but a religious procession organized by a religious party. What was shocking was that several young men had put hooks on their bodies and were pulling cars and lorries on the road and worse there was a merry go round mounted on a truck and hanging from the wheel were four men suspended by hooks into their bodies. The sight was revulsive to behold and I just moved away. The people on the road were watching the procession with mixed emotions while kids and grown men danced along to some awful songs.
I understand that penance for some involves mutilation and many other similar actions, but I cannot understand why this song was used for a religious procession.
The fact that a religious party organizes this and that penance is a public spectacle is worrisome. And in the midst of all this is the god on a chariot with people dancing the “dabban kuthu”.
Sometimes it may be better to just be still…
This post is not a criticism of the faith of some, it is personal but something just did not seem right in this spectacle.