This Monkeys Gone To Heaven

krobone

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From Web India- a monkey joins in a temple prayer session:

Monkey apes temple rituals:
Balasore (Orissa) | May 25, 2005 7:44:06 PM IST


Balasore (Orissa), May 25 : Aping Hindu rituals to a T, a monkey appeared at an Orissa temple, prayed for an hour folding its hands in the traditional sign of respect, took prasad, put vermilion on its forehead - and then fled.

Looking at it as a miracle are residents of Junia village in Balasore district, who responded by worshipping it in turn and garlanding the simian before it ran away.

It all happened earlier this week Monday when the simian, who had never been seen in the area earlier, appeared at about 10 a.m. near a Shiva temple and offered flowers at the shrine.

It was the day that devotees were formally inaugurating the stone symbol that is seen to represent Lord Shiva.

Said Aniruddha Behera, a village resident: "The monkey folded his hands, observed silence, put vermilion on his forehead and also took the prasad from the devotees."

"When we saw the monkey joining us we were surprised. We did not try to drive it out and it continued praying for nearly an hour amid hundreds of devotees," Behera told IANS.

It stayed around till evening when it ran into the nearby forests.

"We have not seen any monkey around for the last two years. This is a miracle for us," Behera said.
 

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Surprising that nobody suggested the monkey was a reincarnated Hindu.

Or perhaps this story shows that the 'religion virus' can cross the boundaries between species...
 

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There was one like this a few years back with a cat that used to come into a temple to 'pray'.

More likely, there were some good mice in there, and it had come in to 'prey':D
 

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Yes, everyone knows that hairy english are desended from Hanuman...
 

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There's nothing really astounding about this. Surprising, remarkable-- yes. Astounding? no. Monkeys are mimics. heck, most animals are mimics of their own species. Point being this little furry probably saw this ritual hundreds of times and thinks it's just something he's supposed to do.
 
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