face. Have you seen live crabs being offered to God and have you seen the wishes of dead people getting fulfilled even after their death? If not, then let us take you to the city of Surat in Gujarat, where today you got to see something that you could never even imagine. In Surat, the devotees of Lord Shiva offer live crab once a year to fulfill their wishes and on this day in the cremation ground, the relatives of the deceased feed and drink things according to the wishes of the dead so that their souls may rest in peace.
On this day in Surat, live crabs are offered to Lord Shiva in the Rundhanath Mahadev temple instead of flower garlands. In this temple named Rundhanath Mahadev, on this day those people who are physically suffering from one or the other disease come to visit, but in this also the number of those who are suffering from ear disease is more.
On this day, only those people come to offer crabs to the Shivling, whose vow has been fulfilled and some devotees come in front of God to ask for a vow to fulfill their wishes. You must have seen offering flowers and garlands in many temples of the country, but this is a unique custom in itself to offer live crabs and this would probably be the first such temple in the country where live crabs are offered to please God.
What is recognition and when did this tradition start
There is an age-old tradition of offering crabs in this Rundhanath Shiva temple in Surat, but there is also a legend behind offering crabs to get one’s wishes fulfilled by God. It is said that this temple was built by Lord Shri Ram during his exile while worshiping Lord Shiva here and since then this temple is in existence. It is believed that in ancient times, when the sea used to flow at the place of the temple, then only such an incident happened, after which the belief of offering crabs has been going on since then till today.
Relatives of the dead offer their favorite things at the crematorium
On the other hand, in the cremation ground named Ramnath Ghela, built near this temple, for the peace of the souls of the deceased, their relatives come to the place where the funeral pyre is lit and offer prayers and also offer the favorite things of the deceased. For example, if the person who died was fond of drinking beedi, cigarette, alcohol or he used to like any other food item more… then on this day the relatives of the deceased come and offer it to the cremation ground. People believe that by offering the favorite thing of the deceased today, the soul of the deceased gets peace.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 18, 2023, 16:38 IST