A View of the History, Literature, and Religion of the by William Ward

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These persons are mostly found among the followers of Krishnii and Choitunyii. Such a worshipper presents himself before the image of Krishnii, and says, ' Oh, t'hakoorii ! ' Others, more fervent in their attachment, omitting the usual purifications and ablutions before morning worship, hasten, as soon as they rise, to pay all those marks of respect and attention to the image which belong to the character under which they worship it. For instance, one man's image is that of the infant Krishnu : he imagines it necessary, that the god should be honoured as a child, and he therefore makes an offering of sweetmeats to him early in the morning; he is very careful too that the image should be laid down to rest, and raised up again, only at the appointed hours; he bathes, anoints it, and adorns it with the utmost fondness.

Those who adopt him as their guardian deity, are called Ganfipiityus. 7. Kartikiyu is the Indian Mars, or commander in chief to the gods. He has in some images one, and in others six faces; is of a yellow colour; and rides on the peacock, an incarnation of Indru. In one hand he holds a bow, and in the other an arrow. He is worshipped as the giver of bodily strength. 8. ) I do not find the least resemblance betwixt this Hindoo deity and Sol, either in their images or history. The Hindoos, in a most indelicate fable respecting this god, have described the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Muha-kalu, as represented in the caverns of Elephanta,' says Mr. Paterson, ' has eight arms; in one hand he holds a human figure; in another, a sword or sacrificial axe; in a third, a basin of blood; and with a fourth he rings over it the sacrificial bell: two other arms are broken off, but with the two remaining he is drawing behind him a veil, which extinguishes the sun, and involves the whole universe in one undistinguished ruin. In the hieroglyphic of the Miiha Priiluyu, (or grand consummation of all things,) Shivii is represented as trodden under foot by Miiha Kalee1, or Eternity.

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