(This blog post is a letter sent to the comment section of this blog by Sreekishen Nair.) Hindu Blog strongly believes that sexual minorities have a right to exist respectfully and freely in the Hindu society and therefore we are publishing this wonderful information provided by Sreekishen Nair.
I am an openly gay man and a practicing Hindu. I indulge in my religious heritage daily and with gusto. In so doing, I feel no contradiction with my sexual nature. I have never felt the need to leave Hinduism for it, or for any other faith. In saying so Gays had to be confronted with the murderously homophobic harangues of anti-gay activists in India
Despite vocal animosity in India against gays, as a Hindu I prefer to ‘stay with the ship’ of my own religious background, mainly because I do Love so much about Hinduism. But also, in part to remind other Hindus that we gay Hindus DO exist, and that we have existed for centuries.
More importantly, I do feel that there are many venues within the Hindu universe which happily accommodate gay people.
For example, the legendary births of deities like Ayyappan, or heroes like
Additionally, gay people have always played important ceremonial roles in the traditions of deities like Angala Parameshwari, Bahuchariamma, Mariyamma, Vadaku Vasal Celliyamma and Bhadra Kaali Amman. In fact, many of the small, wayside temples for these Goddesses have Pujaris that are either Transgender or Gay.
The seasonal festival of Lord Kuthandavar-Aravan in the town of
In sharp contrast even to the more worldly people in
But the facts remain the same. Like so many other existential realizations, the gay experience is embedded in our stories, our art and in our theological frameworks. Hinduism encompasses many viewpoints: vegetarian, meat-eating, pastoral, urban, forest-dwelling, polytheistic, monotheistic, pantheistic, atheistic, domestic, itinerant, sexually-indulgent, celibate, contemplative, Dionysian, asexual, heterosexual, and yes, EVEN homosexual.
How can it be otherwise?
Written by Sreekishen Nair