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Worshipping the God of Smallpox, India

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Worshipping the God of Smallpox, India

Under the Hindu faith, if you want protection against getting smallpox, pray to Shitala, the Goddess of Smallpox

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Arched Beliefs Common Disease Faith Goddess Hindu Hinduism Porch Pray Prevention Protection Shrine Small Pox Worship Worshipping

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Discover the captivating story behind "Worshipping the God of Smallpox, India" with our Media Storehouse jigsaw puzzles. This intriguing puzzle features an image from Mary Evans Prints Online, showcasing an intriguing moment in Hindu culture. In this image, devotees are seen offering their reverence to Shitala, the Goddess of Smallpox, in the hope of protection against the disease. Piece together this puzzle and immerse yourself in the rich history and symbolism of this unique faith. Connecting the past with the present, our high-quality puzzles offer a fun and engaging way to explore the world around you.

500 piece puzzles are custom made in the UK and hand-finished on 100% recycled 1.5 mm millboard. There is a level of repetition in jigsaw shapes with each matching piece away from its pair. The completed puzzle measures 38x50cm and is delivered packaged in an attractive presentation box specially designed to fit most mail slots

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Estimated Image Size (if not cropped) is 50.2cm x 32.4cm (19.8" x 12.8")

Estimated Product Size is 50.2cm x 38cm (19.8" x 15")

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Artwork printed orientated as per the preview above, with landscape (horizontal) orientation to match the source image.

This evocative photograph captures the profound devotion and faith of the Indian people as they seek protection from the dreaded smallpox disease. Taken in 1915, the image portrays a bustling temple porch in India, where worshippers have gathered to pay homage to Shitala, the Hindu Goddess of Smallpox. The arched entrance, adorned with intricate carvings and colorful garlands, leads to the shrine where the deity is enshrined. The common belief among Hindus is that Shitala, the goddess of smallpox, is also the goddess of smallpox prevention. During outbreaks of the disease, people would flock to her temples to offer their prayers and seek her blessings for immunity and protection. The faith in Shitala's power to prevent smallpox was so strong that even the British colonial rulers, who had introduced vaccination as a modern medical solution, acknowledged the role of the goddess in the minds of the Indian people. The scene in the photograph is a testament to the deep-rooted beliefs and traditions of the Indian people, who continue to seek divine intervention in times of need. The worshippers, with their hands folded in prayer and their eyes closed in devotion, exude a sense of peace and tranquility, despite the fear and uncertainty that smallpox brought to their lives. The historical significance of this image lies in its portrayal of the enduring power of faith and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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