Our eyes sometimes show us something that is very hard to believe. Just like the Hindu milk miracle that happened in India where people claimed that the statues of Hindu gods began to drink milk. It is a phenomenon that happened in September 1995. The news that Hindu god statues were drinking milk spread like wildfire through telephones, televisions, and word of mouth. It caught the attention of a great number of people specifically in the media. In fact, giant news company such as the BBC and the New York Times even covered the strange phenomenon. But how did it start? Is it really true? Let’s find out.
How Did the Hindu Milk Miracle Start?
The Hindu Milk Miracle started at the dawn of September 21, 1995, when a worshipper at a temple in south New Delhi offered milk to a statue of Ganesha. The worshipper held up a spoonful of milk from the bowl to the trunk of the statue. That’s when the miracle happened because the milk miraculously disappeared and the worshipper assumed that it was taken by the statue. The word about the milk drinking statue started to spread quickly and when mid-morning came, people claimed that all the statues of the entire Hindu gods in temples all throughout India were drinking milk.
Noon came and the news of the statues drinking milk has spread beyond India and Hindu temples in Canada, the United Kingdom, Nepal, UAE, and several other countries successfully copied the strange phenomenon. It even came to a point that the Vishva Hindu Parishad announced that the phenomenon that is happening is indeed a miracle.
The Hindu Milk Miracle became so hyped that it had a significant effect on the areas where the temples are located. It caused a pedestrian and vehicular traffic in New Delhi that was dense enough it started a gridlock that lasted until the wee hours of the evening. Stores and supermarkets said that there was a massive demand for milk that day, in fact, the overall milk sales in New Delhi skyrocketed over 30 percent more than the regular basis. Small temples even struggled to accommodate the surprising increase of visitors because the lines spilled out into the streets. However, despite a large number of people lining up outside waiting to witness a miracle, the popular Sidhi Vinayak temple decided to close its gates because a lot of people started to notice that the Ganesha idol in that temple refused to drink milk.
What is the explanation behind the Milk Miracle?
One expert from India’s Ministry of Science and Technology know that there is an explanation behind this strange phenomenon. That is why he decided to go to a temple in New Delhi to make an offering of milk that has food coloring in it. it showed that the level of the milk in the spoon dropped, however, after the milk disappeared from the spoon, it coated the statue beneath where the spoon was placed. That is why they concluded that the phenomenon is caused by capillary action it happens when liquid flow without the assistance of external forces like gravity. In this case, the surface tension of the milk was pulling the liquid up and out of the spoon and they even demonstrated how the Hindus were persuaded to believe that it is a miracle.
But to those who firmly believed that the phenomenon is indeed a miracle, further proof was shown when the statues refused to drink more milk by the end of the day. Skeptics also believed that the world famous incident is just an example of another mass hysteria where people believe the same phenomenon whether it is real or imaginary.
Despite all the scientific explanations, believers still accept the strange phenomenon as a miracle. There is even a website called milkmiracle.com where it contains videos, a guestbook, and even a FAQ page about the Hindu Milk Miracle.