As I mentioned in my previous blog Krishna and Ganesh connection on the occasion of upcoming Ganesh (Vinayaka) Chturthi on September 8/9, I intend to write several blogs on my Ishta Dev Lord Ganesha. This is the second blog of the series.
Many believe that Ganesha’s popularity skyrocketed on September 21, 1995, when milk offered to a statue of Ganesha in a temple on the outskirts of New Delhi, just disappeared into thin air. Within hours, news spread like a bushfire across India and the world that Ganesha was accepting milk offerings. Tens of millions of people of all ages flocked to the temples. This “milk miracle” may go down in history as the most important event regarding idol-worship this century, if not in the last millennium. It had brought about an instantaneous religious revival among nearly one billion people who believe in Idol worshiping. No other religion had ever done that before.
The worldwide press coverage was nearly as amazing as the miracle itself. Of course, the event dominated the news in India for days. But once it started outside India, local and leading national papers, such as the New York Times and Washington Post in America, and the Financial Times in UK, picked up the story. The Manchester Guardian noted, “The media coverage was extensive, and although scientists and “experts” created theories of “capillary absorption” and “mass hysteria” the overwhelming evidence and conclusion was that an unexplainable miracle had occurred… While the media and scientists still struggle to find an explanation for these events, many believe they are a sign that a great teacher has been born.”
Many in India were unaware of how warmly the Western press including the press in Canada where I live, embraced the miracle. In Canada reporters came to the temples and personally offered milk.