Re: [reprohealth_india] Rajasthan tourism¹s new line: Welcome to thestate of Sati
Re: [reprohealth_india] Rajasthan tourism¹s new line: Welcome to thestate of SatiDear Abhijit
We havent received any response from the Rajasthan groups yet. We thought that the memo could be drafted once we receive an update from them.
Have you received any news from there?
on 5/31/05 6:38 PM, Abhijit Das at abhijit@... wrote:
Sending a memorandum is a good idea. It will strengthen the local protests too. Any volunteers for drafting the memorandum?
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The following article appeared in the Indian Express today.
We definitely need to put a stop to this...
Should we send a memorandum to the Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Rajasthan. Please send us your suggestions.
Kavita and others in Rajasthan may already have initiated action on this.... Do update us.
Rajasthan tourism¹s new line: welcome to the state of Sati ŒŒSati is now
seen as a source of strength¹¹ says tourism minister Usha Punia, Sati sites
listed in guidebook
SANDIPAN SHARMA Posted online: Tuesday, May 31, 2005
JAIPUR, MAY 30: As the Uttar Pradesh government tries to put behind its
embarrassment over the Banda Sati incident, the Rajasthan Tourism
Development has made Sati the state¹s USP. In its latest guidebook, released
on Monday, it has invited tourists to visit some of the best Sati temples in
the country ‹ never mind the flak the Vasundhara Raje government recently
took over the naming of Jaipur Development Authority approved Rani Sati
In the book, titled Popular Deities of Rajasthan, the department describes
the state as ŒŒbest-known for various Sati Matas¹¹ and goes on to extol the
virtues of women who are remembered and revered for sacrificing their lives
on their husbands¹ funeral pyre.
Sample: ŒŒThere is not a spot in the state where women had not committed
ŒŒBrave women who sacrificed their lives for the sake of sat (truth) are
best known as Satis... the Sati was not restricted by compulsions of caste.
Women from every caste committed Sati.¹¹
The book, which was released by Tourism Minister Usha Punia amid much
fanfare, goes on to describe the myths and legends associated with the Sati
temples in Rajasthan.
Consider the following:
€ Rundera, Salumbar: Before committing Sati, Krishna Devi of the Rathore
clan sacrificed 24 body parts to the gods. The place got its name because of
the Sati committed by Krishan Devi with Rathore Kallaji rund (body) in
Salumbar (near Udaipur) after a battle. This Sati is well known as the
Goddess of rains and the Goddess of Nature. Several tribes of the region
worship the Sati in the lunar month of ashad (the period before the rains).
Visitors would find palm prints of the Sati outside every house in the
€ Rani Sati Temple, Jhunjhunu: The Sati from Meham village is famous as the
deity of the region. Her name was Narayani Bai. She committed Sati after her
husband Tanmandhan Das died in a battle, while fighting for the Nawab of
Hissar in 1652.
€ Ghevar Mata of Rajasamand: This goddess carried the torch of sacrifice. It
is said that when the embankments of the Rajsamand Lake were being
constructed, they would collapse without any reason. The embankment could be
constructed only after an astrologer asked the rulers to summon Ghevar Bai,
who committed Sati after placing a stone in the foundation of the
€ Bayan: Any unmarried woman who commits Sati to protect her honour is
called Bayan. Once a girl from Merta (Jodhpur region) committed Sati with a
child. This place has a memorial to her.
Tourism minister Punia, who released the book, defended the glorification of
Sati in the guidebook. ŒŒSati is now seen as the source of strength,¹¹ she
The devsthan (temples) department, however, said it had goofed up in its
portrayal of the Sati. Its secretary, Ashok Shekhar, said the book was an
attempt to inform visitors about the public deities of the state.
ŒŒWe would withdraw the references to the Sati temples, as they could be
easily interpreted as glorification of Sati,¹¹ he said.
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