Some Bizarre rituals of Kinnar’s
The life of a transgender person is full of ups and downs. From self-acceptance to society’s unacceptance, their presence is nothing less than a roller coaster! Just like every religion, every caste, every community, and every individual has different cultures, so did the ‘kinnar’s.’ Some of them are listed below but first understand who they really are. Kinnar is the third gender among human beings. In English, they are known as transgender. They use to sing songs and perform a dance on happy occasions in a family.
Transgender are people who play a specific social role in their communities – usually making a living as street performers – singing, dancing, and performing blessings for donations. Well, it is essential to understand that you may be born as a transgender person but not a Kinnar because trans people go through a long process before turning into a kinnar, which usually means “Hijra.” So you see, it’s a distinct community that needs rituals for participation. Now coming back to the rituals, there are some totally bizarre festivals which the Hijra community use to follow.
The festival at Koovagam:
A unique festival takes place in Koovagam annually. Trans people are believed to have great faith in God and have immense trust in Mahabharata and Ramayana. And this festival is celebrated on one of the accounts from Mahabharata. Koothandavar is said to be the Aravan, the son of Arjuna. In the battle of Kurukshetra, a prediction was made that the Pandavas will lose the war. And thus, they have to give a human sacrifice of a man with all the qualities, which means a complete man. And the only three men with all qualities were Krishna, Arjuna, and Aravan. Krishna and Arjuna were needed for the war as they were the principal warriors.
Thus Krishna asked Aravan, and he politely said yes but demanded one wish that he gets married before the sacrifice. Thus the problem was that which king will give his daughter to a man who’s going to die the very next day. So the Lord Krishna took the form of a female character Mohini and married Aravan. Since then, the kinnars believe that they are the Mohini’s, and they celebrate the festival as a marriage ceremony with Aravan.