Milk-Drinking Statues
On the morning of September 21 (the fall equinox), 1995,
a priest of a Hindu temple in New Delhi awakened from a
dream in which the deity Genesha asked for a drink of milk. He
soon left for a nearby temple dedicated to Genesha and offered
the statue a spoonful of milk. To his surprise, the statue drank
(absorbed) the milk. News of the occurrence spread through
the neighborhood and across New Delhi within hours. DevoMichigan
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tees flocked to the temple to offer Genesha milk and as lines
formed, people soon discovered that statues at other temples
(almost all of which have a Genesha statue, in the shape of an
elephant and located near the door) were also drinking up the
milk. By evening, accounts of the event (and the accompanying
milk shortage in the Indian capital) were on the news. Phone
and e-mail messages went to Indian expatriate communities.
By the next day, reports of statues at temples around India
drinking milk began to appear, and on the 23rd they were
joined by reports from North America, England, and Southeast
Asia. Television coverage of the statues showed some of the offerings
in which the milk actually disappeared. On the 22nd in
Toronto, more than 100 people lined up to feed the statue.
The leaders at the temple indicated that the massive feeding
frenzy was the sign that a great soul was being born somewhere
in the world. They also indicated that the phenomena would
cease in some 48 hours.
The Indian government became concerned about the event
and sent scientists from its Department of Science and Technology
to investigate the situation. They suggested that the
small amounts being offered to the statutes were being absorbed
by the porous material out of which they were constructed
and were coating the surface with a thin film. Other scientists
reported similar findings at other locations. Puddles of
milk soon appeared around all of the drinking statues. By the
end of the day on the 22nd, most of the frenzy had died down,
and reports of further drinking by the statues dropped perceptively,
and disappeared altogether soon afterwards. Many Hindus
consider the events of September 21–22 to have been a
miracle. Skeptics have dismissed it as a hysteric reaction to a
very mundane occurrence. Many government officials saw it as
a move by political conservatives to spread Hindu nationalism.
An archive of e-mail messages and wire service reports has
been preserved by the Australian government’s Distributed
Services Technology Centre in Bribane on an Internet file,
‘‘Genesha Is Drinking Milk!!!’’ at
Genesha Is Drinking Milk!!!.
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