Are the Dogs Worshipped! Yes, It is True.
A news has appeared in the Indian press describing how dog has been worshipped in a village by the people. Humans have chanced to domesticate some of the animals, and dog is the first among them. In his last journey, Judhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas depicted in the Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’, is found to be accompanied by a dog. Hence history of the dog is as old as the history of humanity.
Animal worship is not rare in the history of civilization. In Java, Kalangas have tradition of dog worshipping. Dogs were sacred to the consideration of the Harranians. Dogs were worshipped by the Nosarii. Khicha Puja is a religious festival in Nepal, and on this occasion, dogs are worshipped by the Nepalese people.
Kukur-tihar is another name of dog’s day in the language of Nepali. Kukur-tihar is actually a religious festival of the Hindus in Nepal. Dog, in Hinduism, is counted as courier of the god of death which is Yama. Dogs, in Kukur-tihar, are worshipped for five consecutive days during November every year in Nepal.
In some parts of India, dogs are worshipped even today.
Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. A V Halli is a village in the district of Ramanagaram, 57 km away from Bangalore. Sri Veeramasti Kempamma is the popular god of the village and the village is proud of a temple of this god. People of A V Halli have recently built up another temple close to the old one and this new temple is for a dog god who is known as Sri Naayidole Veerappa. People of this village organize an annual fair in December to worship the dog god who, they believe, is sure to bless them in overcoming problems of life.
INDIAN STRAY DOG
There is, nevertheless, a rider. People of India do not love this friendly animal. Dogs are not the loving pet generally in the Indian families. Dogs, in India, are found in the streets, and they are not brought up with care and affection normally. A large section of the people favors culling of the street dogs, although it is a fact that voices against such blatant cruelty are sometimes heard.
INDIAN STRAY DOG