My Travelthon exposed me to an interesting fact, the unique co-relation between Prophets, Gods and Their body parts. I have come across many temples, mosques, mazars, stupas and other religious places on my travels. I noticed that these religious sites were built on the spot where an Enlightened Being’s or Prophet’s body parts had fallen.
So, Hazratbal in Srinagar, Kashmir was built on the spot where the hair of Prophet Muhammad had fallen. This serene mosque was under renovation when I visited it. The mosque had the most beautiful minarets and fountains. Its green texture merged with the colours of the valley. There was a place where the so-called hair of the Prophet was kept and the mosque had been built to protect this legacy.
Pashupatinath in Kathmandu and Kedarnath in Uttarakhand both are sites where Shiva’s body parts had fallen. Shiva’s tears fell on mother earth and turned into rudraksha. Again, grand temples have come up as symbols of holiness and piousness. The priest protects the legacy and glorifies the myth of these legends, so as to make sure devotees keep coming and keep spending their money as offerings.
I recently visited the most beautiful and grand resting place of Buddha called “Temple of the Tooth” known as the Maligawa Temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This, again, is a place where Buddha’s tooth had fallen. A grand temple with stupa parks and lawns has been erected here. The visitors are charged for enjoying its splendour and opulence of the place. The rate of entry also depends on your nationality. SAARC country visitors are charged less than the Europeans.
Mythology is full of some body part or any other of the God’s falling and there-and-then a site has been constructed which symbolises and perpetuates these myths. I wonder where some of our God’s and Prophets testicles fell. And if they did fall somewhere, what was constructed at those places to mark them as religious sites and perpetrate new myths. Answers anyone?