1,400 kg butter idol of goddess in Himachal Pradesh
Kangra (Himachal Pradesh): Large numbers of devotees are thronging the Brajeshwari Devi temple here every day to pay obeisance and have glimpse of a 1,400 kg butter idol, temple official said on Thursday.
The 14 quintal butter idol, made by 18 priests, will remain on the `pindi` or iconography of the goddess till January 20, temple official Pawan Patial told a news agency.
He said the butter idol was made by using `ghee` donated by the devotees. The priests, with a unique technique, purified it with water 108 times.
According to legend, when the goddess was injured during a fight with demons, her wounds were treated with butter on Makar Sankranti by gods.
The butter, when removed from the `pindi` on January 20, will be distributed among the devotees. It`s a belief that the butter treats chronic skin ailments and joint pains.
One of the busiest shrines in north India, the Brajeshwari Devi temple sees a majority of pilgrims from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
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