These customs again vary depending on region. From the part where I come from (AP), it is Thursday (associated with Sai Baba) and Saturday (associated with Venkateshwara) on which hindus abstain from eating meat.
The Thursday thing is recent as Sai Baba lived in the late 19th and early 20th century. I'm not sure of the origin of the practice for days.
Thanks for the reply. It is true Hindu practices vary a lot and are functions of the geography. I mentioned the days in regard to the practices in Delhi and the surrounding region.
That blog post and site is intersting. Good collection of irrational practices. Saves us the sweat :P
Hindu gurus had known all the time. In the costume of a religious tradition, they repeated this system. Tuesday is more common because a lot of good pray God Hanuman. Then there are other days of the week devoted to other gods. It is a way of showing respect to God and to keep fit physically and mentally.
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(02-Aug-2010, 10:37 AM)espinosa Wrote: Hindu gurus had known all the time. In the costume of a religious tradition, they repeated this system. Tuesday is more common because a lot of good pray God Hanuman. Then there are other days of the week devoted to other gods. It is a way of showing respect to God and to keep fit physically and mentally.
Your attempt to clear up the mystery by saying that Hindu gurus "knew all the time" does not in effect say anything, other than that you have no idea either. It does not help clear up why it has anything to do with a western calendar system. The question, I think has to do with if it is a rational practice, starting from some irrational premises
, or if it is in "holy" scripture.
@siddharth: I think you do get the "reason", for why praying/fasting is for showing "respect to god". It's found in many religions. God is against materialistic living! God expects a life of penance and slaving devotion to himself/herself of course! IMO, that bit is from a rational conclusion from the irrational premise that, man is made from dirt/sin (Judeo-Christian) or that we should live a life of penance for "crimes" in the "past life", and be in slaving devotion to the "supreme being" (Hinduism).
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So does anyone know why specific days came to be associated with specific deities? Is it in the scriptures or is it something that just showed up. Knowing the background is helpful sometimes.