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Worshipping the God of Smallpox, India

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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This evocative photograph captures the deep-rooted faith and devotion of the Indian people towards Shitala, the Goddess of Smallpox, during the early 20th century. In Hinduism, Shitala is revered as the protector against smallpox, a disease that once claimed countless lives. The image showcases an ancient temple, adorned with intricate carvings and an arched porch, where the faithful gather to offer their prayers. The scene is set against the backdrop of history, with the year 1915 inscribed on the temple wall, a testament to the enduring belief in the power of Shitala to prevent the spread of smallpox. The common belief among the people was that by worshipping the Goddess, they could seek her blessings for protection against the disease. The photograph depicts a group of devotees gathered on the temple porch, their faces etched with deep concentration as they offer their prayers. The atmosphere is serene, with the warm glow of the setting sun casting long shadows over the scene. The intricate details of the temple architecture, the porous texture of the temple walls, and the vibrant colors of the temple decorations add to the richness of the image. This photograph is a poignant reminder of the deep-rooted faith and beliefs of the Indian people, and the role that religion played in providing comfort and solace during times of hardship. The image transports us back in time, offering a glimpse into the historical and cultural significance of the Hindu faith and the deep-seated belief in the power of the Goddess Shitala to protect against smallpox.

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