Amid the row over an alleged Shivling being found in Wazukhana of Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque, an old news report video by US-based CNN is going viral on Indian social media.
As debate continues whether the object found in Gyanvapi is a Shivling or a fountain, people are now sharing this video from the US where Hindus thought of a traffic barrier as a Shivling, an idol of Lord Shiva, and started worshipping it.
This is what happened back in 1993 in San Francisco, USA. A Hindu man found a traffic barrier, which was dumped in the Golden Gate Park, and noticed it because of its shape. The phallus-shaped figure appeared like a Shivling, making it an instantly popular among local Hindus, who made it a place of worship.
As per the CNN report in video, a crane operator placed the stone in the park along with several other stones so that the authorities could use it as a traffic barricade. Hindu community used it for religious purposes. They gathered from far-off places to bow before the idol of Lord Shiva. Hindus generally arrived on Mondays and paid tributes to the idol, offered flowers and poured milk and honey on the shrine.
Watch the video here:
The shrine, however, was removed by the authorities from the park.
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