|Arjuni with mustache and breast at Meenakshi Temple|
Several Narthagi sculptures are depicted in the temple and most of the Narthagi’s belong to the Transwomen community.
'Purusha Mirugham'- a mythological seer-beast whose milk was considered holy. A staunch Shiva devotee this seer-beast's milk was needed for Yudhishtra to fulfill his Rajasuya Yagna in one of the folk versions of Mahabharatha tale. So the Gender-variants were so well woven into the mythological narratives of India that we actually should never feel any distance with them as even the dominant genders today are also simply one of the various gender variants - just somehow favored in evolution for the time being.
Hindus are generally conservative but it seems to me that in ancient India, they even celebrated sexuality & Gender diversity as an enjoyable part of procreation, where priests were invited for ceremonies in their home to mark the beginning of the process and emergence of queer is not serving the purpose of a heretic order, but one which is required by the straight community itself. It serves two purposes:- construction of "otherness" and a way of over-confirmation of being straight! Actually the desire of society is not the exclusion of queer, but inclusion at a distance!
|Sri Meenakshi Devi with 3 breast|