It is very rightly said that “Evil can never triumph over good”. Well, people talk about many things, philosophers dig into many theories and the saints are believed to achieve the uncertain things that we assumed to be a myth. Who is right and who isn’t? This is a perplex situation and questions are raised time and again.
Superstitions are actually a taboo in the society, and need to be kept in precise measure. These beliefs are uncertain, and formally brought in the society in the form of events or by the people who believe in their beliefs. These religious uncertainties have raised the different opinions of the people and divided them in different delusions.
What we see in the society in contrast of religious ethics is not superstitious but a belief with undefined origin. The further story is about how a story transformed into a religious myth and how it has been followed by many at a place for a long tradition.
The story here depicts the grand rituals that is been performed in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, every year, in the name of Goddess Shoolini Devi. With a strong belief in supernatural power, and a faith in its existence brings up this mythical celebration.
It is obvious that where there is virtuous, there also lives evil. With the belief of billions of Gods and Goddesses existing in the Hindu religion, there also lived many malevolent demons, who were always there to take over the universe to their prospect. One such demon or Asura from the Puranic scriptures of Hinduism was Hiranyakashipu.
Hiranyakashipu, the king of Daityas, had earned a boon from Brahma that turned him arrogant and indestructible. The vanity of craving more power and the ill thoughts to get over the Gods and Goddesses have marked him as a fearless king. The opposite was his son Prahlad, who is described as a devout boy from the Puranas, known for his piousness and bhakti to Lord Vishnu. His devotion towards Vishnu was not appreciated by his father, who took numerous crooked means to kill his son just to obtain a superiority among all, but Prahlad remain untouched by any false ways followed by his father and also his sister Holika who sat into fire to kill Prahlad, instead she got killed by the fire even after getting a boon of being untouched by fire.
Getting frustrated and agitated from his son over countless unsuccessful methods, Hiranyakashipu became more ferocious and then he went after other Gods. The fear of Hiranyakashipu petrified the Gods and their existence, which lead them to Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu took Narsimha avatar to kill Hiranyakashipu and removed his existence from the earth.
It is said that Narsimha, half man and half lion avatar of Lord Vishnu was in fury, and his rage followed a destruction. It was getting uncontrollable for all the Devi and Devtas to calm Narsimha, and they prayed to Lord Shiva for help, because it was only Lord Shiva who could tame him.
Lord Shiva incarnated as Sarabeshwara, was part of bird and a part of lion. This fierce epitome of Lord Shiva as Sarabeshwara was an eight legged beast, with Maa Shoolini incarnated to its right wing and Pratyangira Devi to its left wing.
Maa Shoolini was an incarnated form of Goddess Kali, who is also known as Shoolini Durga. Maa Shoolini manifested with the blessings of Lord Shiva to tame Lord Vishnu. She is also called “Queen of Mountains” or “Queen of Himalayas”, whereas the people in a part of Solan, Himachal, mention her as the Kul Devi.
Himachal Pradesh is a state known for its natural beauty, hill stations, and many temples. You can find number of pilgrimage situated there, and it is said that the state is a home to more than 2000 temples, all architectures are to their finest. With no doubt, many of them are also concomitant to ancient legends.
Solan, being a part of Himachal Pradesh, its people also offer their gratitude and prayers to the Goddess, Maa Shoolini. Every year, in the month of June, the spectacular temple of Shoolini Devi is decorated for a grand ‘mela’, a kind of festival there.
With rituals and religious chanting, Goddess Shoolini is carried out of her temple in a lavishly adorned palanquin to visit her elder sister, Durga Devi. The carnival is carried to the different locales of Solan and is escorted in a very ostentatious manner.
The festivals are celebrated with a full zeal of happiness, and the crowd feels awesome, but where superstitions lie in between no one seems to notice.
Many of the locals and even the scholars in religious premises say that the palanquin that is carried all the way, controls itself. It happens to possess some kind of power in it, that without the will of the palanquin, it cannot be carried away from one place to another, and on trying to drag it along, the power that is believed to be inbuilt in that palanquin, makes it uncontrollable to handle it.
This sounds like a fictional theory, but for a few, it is faith, a mere miracle of God. This unseen power of God is believed to exist, but it is in mythical folklore or there remains any factual information of their existence or origin.
In the name of religion and rituals, people happen to be a part of many sins, repudiating the factor that it is a mere superstition.
Well, the society still struggles to find a difference between a myth, and a fact that reflects what the earthly need is while on the other side, the research and beliefs, keep contradicting each another.
(This story has been written by Abhishek Biswas, and the views and opinions expressed here are personal).
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