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Hinduism - How Prevalent Was Human Sacrifice In Hinduism? What Are The Instances Of Human Sacrifice In Hindu Mythology?

Human Sacrifice is a term used to describe the ritual act of sacrificing a human being.

Human sacrifice was not common in Hindu religious life in the past, but it was not unknown.

One of the common mythic motifs in the worship of certain fierce and powerful deities is for devotees (bhakta) to offer their own heads to the Goddess as the ultimate sacrifice and act of devotion, but experts aren't sure how often this was done.

The demon king Ravana, for example, is said to have cut off nine of his ten heads before the god Shiva granted him divine power.

The Bengali saint Ramakrishna is also credited with the determination to carry out this act, though the goddess Kali intervened before he could do so.

The temple of the goddess Kamakhya in Assam was the one place where human sacrifice was unquestionably a regular practice.

This temple is part of the Shakti Pithas, a network of Goddess-sanctuary sites that stretches across the Indian subcontinent.

Each Shakti Pitha commemorates the location where a piece of the dismembered goddess Sati fell to earth and took on the form of a new goddess.

The body part in this case was Sati's vulva, and Kamakhya became a very powerful goddess due to the presence of such a highly charged part of the female body.

She was reportedly offered the heads of 140 men when the new temple was dedicated in 1565, and this practice continued until the British put an end to it in 1832.

The men who were offered as human sacrifices were said to be volunteers who believed they had been summoned by the goddess to do so; in the time between announcing their intention to be sacrificed and their deaths, they were treated as virtual divinities, having been consecrated to the goddess.

For more information, see E. A. Gait's 1963 book, A History of Assam.


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Hinduism - Where Is Bali?

The last remaining relic of the Hindu Buddhist civilization that dominated the area after the early years of the common period is Bali, an island in Indonesia. 

  • Traders and merchants introduced Indian religions to Bali, and inscriptions show that the Balinese monarchs patronized a range of Hindu and Buddhist groups. 
  • Over time, holy geography from India was transported and translated to Bali, local deities were progressively incorporated into the pantheon, and all rival sects were eventually merged into the new entity known as Balinese religion.

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Hinduism - Who Is Bali?

Bali is a demon who is deceived by Vishnu into giving the deity three paces of land of his own in Hindu mythology. 

  • Because Vishnu has taken the appearance of a dwarf, Bali performs this without much thinking (vamana). 
  • When Vishnu receives the gift, he becomes very big and claims the whole cosmos, banishing Bali to the Patala underworld.

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A Tale of Sacrifice, Devotion and True Love

            This is a comment in response to an interesting post on Vedska Astrologija Dean Valentic

The original post,

"No one can use more of the Supreme Lord's property than necessary. Lord Vamanadeva indirectly indicated to Bali Maharaja that he was occupying more land than he needed. In the material world, all distresses are due to extravagance. One acquires money extravagantly and also spends it extravagantly. Such activities are sinful.
All property belongs to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and all living beings, who are sons of the Supreme Lord, have the right to use the Supreme Father's property, but one cannot take more than necessary. This principle should especially be followed by brahmanas and sannyasis who live at the cost of others."


Hello Nitya Ji,
          Thank You for this wonderful post. At the time such an understanding was constituted by Lord Shiva who assumed that perhaps this was the reason this fate befell King Bali. But Lord Krishna, Vishnu as Vamana, and King Bali are Eternal companions, deeply entwined in the highest Love. Their purpose for manifesting was purely to curb the vanity, false supremacy and arrogance of Indra and to give him a taste of real power in divinity and teach him a lesson in humility that he will never ever forget. Bali had attained onto Vasudev Bhagwan well before being incarnate as King Bali. Him offering up his own body as a selfless and loving sacrifice was perhaps the final consummation of his marriage with God, they are entwined together because of this great and unsurpassed act of devotion, Love and faith. It was something that surprised, pleased, immersed and entwined God in a greater act of endless Love and faith. 

           Such devotion is always a two way relationship of the highest  purity, strength, goodness and Truth. Such an explanation or interpretation as hinted by the statement above was proposed by Lord Shiva only as a deceptive attempt to try and ease the anxiety and worry of Indra and the lesser more vain, unjust, lethargic and conceited divinities that occupy and Lord over this realm. Lord Bali unlike Indra and all the divinities of this realm put together, has the highest distaste, renunciation and peace as he is utterly numb to all the gunas, experiences, objects and pleasures of this world, he was totally enraptured in bliss while worshiping, following and carefully serving the will of God. God is equally and eternally enraptured by his devotion as well. It is only in the minds of Men that these faults and accusations exist as illusions. They find fault in God, Lord Krishna and Bali as that is their chosen Natures and base inclinations.

           Krishna was worshiped for the longest time by his immediate family members and their blood lines who consider him their ancestor to this day, it is only in recent times that other people elsewhere have begun to gain an understanding of what his selfless service and Love actually means. It is only recently beginning with such communities as the Yadavs who claim to be of his ilk and blood that his worship was popularized in a place where both him, his actions, his children, his lineage and all his many cult like devotees have all been severely criticized, unfairly questioned and even mocked at times. His life was never perfect because the imperfections lie in the eye of the ever so fallible beholder and their impure hearts. They can never know him and his devotees because they find fault in God rather than themselves. He was also a popular King of Dwarka who threw away his Kingdom and allegedly cursed it along with his wealth into the Arabian sea. His devotee in Bali is very much like him, nothing is beyond the likes of these in this world, nevertheless all is dust in the face of their Love and divine virtues. 

           The Lord in Krishna is said to have had 16000 wives, all of whom were celestial maidens who longed to have him as their husband, their wish was granted but then the Lord tested them as they were more enamored by Shiva in the form of Samb and thus God discarded them to the pleasures of this realm in answer to their betrayal and to serve Samb or Shiva as his bonded witches with permanence. Such is how renounced both God, King Bali and his devotees are, their Nature and virtues are as such, they can never have a need in a world such as this that is well beneath the Truth and the Love in their Hearts and Souls. They are at perfect peace with all of this world and both its wealth and poverty alike, nothing can touch or impress upon their souls, their acts of indifference clearly shows they always have each other and nothing else, there is no distance between their hearts. The hells and heavens of this world can never get in the way of their Eternal existence.  They are not merely men or devotees or renunciants as such, they are divinities and Lovers of the highest kind. Forgetting this world, its pleasures, Kingdoms and sensuality, the ways, the Nature of, the stories and the very surreal virtues of Lord Krishna, Vishnu, Vamana and King Bali remain ever so bizarre and mysterious to the men of this world in my personal opinion, they can never fully understand or comprehend these things let alone genuinely learn or sincerely love such qualities and Truths. Here is an excerpt from one  among my many trusted and most beloved bhaktas/devotees and Spiritual teachers/Masters of all time. 

In the truthful, respectable and sincere words of my saint, Shriji Maharaj ji, 

“If the bhakta happens to be completely devoted and desires nothing

except Bhagvãn, is free of worldly desires, and is an ekãntik bhakta,

then Bhagvãn Himself becomes bound by that bhakta. For example,

Vãmanji seized Bali Rãjã’s kingdom, which comprised of the Svarg-

Lok, Mrutyu-Lok and Pãtãl, and covered all fourteen loks with His

first two steps. Bali Rãjã then offered his own body for Vãmanji to

place the third step. In this way, Bali Rãjã devoutly offered

everything to Bhagvãn. Also, despite the fact that Bhagvãn deceived
Bali Rãjã without any fault of his own, Bali still did not falter from His
bhakti. On seeing such perfect bhakti for Him, Bhagvãn ultimately
became bound by Bali. Although Bhagvãn bound Bali Rãjã only for a
moment, in the process, Bhagvãn himself became bound by ropes
(Bali’s unique bhakti). To this very day, Bhagvãn is forever standing
at Bali’s gate, never out of Bali Rãjã’s sight, not even for a fraction of a second.
61.9 “Likewise, after abandoning all other worldly desires and offering
everything to Bhagvãn, we should also remain as the dãs of Bhagvãn.
In the process, if Bhagvãn happens to inflict more misery upon us,
then Bhagvãn Himself will become bound by us. This is because He
loves His bhaktas, and is an ocean of kindness. He becomes bound by
anyone who offers great bhakti to Him. As a result, the mind of a
bhakta who has such loving bhakti, becomes so bound to Bhagvãn,
that Bhagvãn is unable to free Himself from His bhakta.
61.10 “Therefore, we should become more pleased as Bhagvãn puts us
through more severe hardships, bearing in mind, ‘The more misery
Bhagvãn inflicts upon me, the more bound He will become to me, so He will not be away from me for even a moment’. With such
understanding, a person should become increasingly pleased as
Bhagvãn imposes more and more hardships. However, he should
never become disheartened in the face of misery or for the sake of
bodily comforts.”


True Love is Eternal and Unconditional. It never dies...this, its Truth, is beyond questions. Although he Loved her and many worship them, Krishna never married Radha. Justice and Truth escapes none who offend or hurt his devotees or the meek.

Blessings & Best Regards,

Jai Krishna Ponnappan