Scavengers in City

Animals feed on leftover food. The crows and the street dogs would be the usual sight. But have you seen cows?

tumblr_l9eibtvZ2Y1qcv7ogo1_400Of course, cattle are vegetarian by nature. But going through the roads of Bangalooru, you can see them rummaging through the garbage piles. If you take a closer look, you can see them deliciously chomping the polythene bags and the biodegradable trash bags. Can you overlook the fact that some amount of meat maybe gobbled up by them?

More than two decades have passed since the epidemic Mad Cow disease in the UK. However, there is no guarantee that it won’t come back. Mad Cow disease is actually called Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. Yes, it sounds silly, but it has caused even the death of humans.

It was reported that about 4.4 million cattle were killed during the eradication program in 1989. Before this widespread disease could be eradicated, it spread to humans, killing about 200 of us. During the ’80s (Although I think, this must have been happening for a long time), the cattle rearers used to mix the animal by-products with the cattle feed. Over time, the consumption of meat by the animals led to the Mad Cow disease.

Almost all the areas in Bangalore city has a particular type of space for garbage disposal, which the municipality did not allot. It can be a corner of a road, a sidewalk, among the ruins of a building. It can be any place the public feels convenient to dump the garbage. Isn’t that so moronic?

Those who have seen the city at least once will agree when I say the garbage situation here is hopeless. For a start, deploying huge trash containers will be a good idea, instead of tossing it on the sidewalk. At least, this would keep animals away and the city clean.

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The Story of Triumph over Evil

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The battle raged on for nine days and nights, and on the 10th day, Goddess Durga gained victory over the demon Mahishasura. According to Hindu beliefs, Dusserah or Vijayadashmi was the day the demon was finally defeated and killed by Devi Durga, thereby regaining the balance of the cosmos.

Maha Navaratri is a festival celebrated on 5th of October to honour and worship Durga and her nine incarnations. On all the ten days, believers attend Devi temples to pray and offer pujas to please the Goddess. Sometimes the idol of the Goddess is draped, adorned with flowers, placed on a raised platform and secured to large vehicles. The Goddess is then escorted to different areas in the town or city by priests so that the believers can offer their pujas and seek blessings.

The Story Behind

Mahishasura was an asura who achieved penance from God Shiva. He prayed to God Shiva to grant him the boon of being unkillable by any God or man. With the increased power, Mahishasura and his followers grew arrogant and triumphed over Indra creating havoc in all the worlds. Defeated, Indra requested the ‘Great Trinity’ (Trimurti Gods) for justice. The supreme Gods created the warrior Goddess Durga to eliminate the asuras.

Mahisasuramardini Navaratri Durga Puja
Terminology
Devi –  Feminine power or Goddess
Deva – Masculine power or God
Durga – Durga is the most powerful incarnation of Devi
Cosmos – Universe and its order influenced by divine beings (in this context)
Puja – Offerings or gifts to Gods to receive blessings
Asuras – Asuras were a different power seeking beings who always wanted to gain control over the devas
Indra – Indra is another deity who is the lord of all the gods and the ruler of heaven
Trimurti or Great Trinity – They are three supreme deities who control the function of creation, maintenance and destruction. God Brahma is the creator, God Vishnu is the preserver, and God Shiva is the destroyer or transformer. Like Trimurti, Tridevis are their counterparts, which embody the feminine power. Parvathi (or Durga) is the counterpart of Shiva.