A Jain tradition or a scam attempt?

#1 Feb 7th, 2016, 02:05
Join Date:
Feb 2016
Location:
Lithuania
Posts:
10
  • Reost is offline
#1
When visiting Delhi Jain temple, we were given laurels of flowers by some random man, who put them on around our head, while saying something in Hindi (he spoke no English). The man then went away, leaving us the flowers.

Having had already fallen prey to some scams where people would give a „gift“ and then soon demand money, we quickly left the temple afterwards.

However, now I think that this maybe was a genuine gift. I wonder, what is the meaning of this tradition and is it common in Jain temples?
#2 Feb 7th, 2016, 08:32
Join Date:
Dec 2008
Location:
Cloud Cuckoo Land
Posts:
14,308
  • vaibhav_arora is offline
#2
Lemme get this straight.
  • Someone in a foreign country,
  • not speaking your language,
  • gives you flowers
  • demands nothing in exchange.
must be a scam.

best avoid such places next time round.
#3 Feb 7th, 2016, 09:39
Join Date:
Jul 2011
Location:
Canada
Posts:
516
  • sab kuch milega is offline
#3
Reost, welcome to INCREDIBLE India! Open your heart (Well said, V!)
It might be the best of times or the worst of times...but it's the only time you've got!
#4 Feb 7th, 2016, 18:49
Join Date:
Feb 2016
Location:
Lithuania
Posts:
10
  • Reost is offline
#4
Quote:
Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Lemme get this straight.
  • Someone in a foreign country,
  • not speaking your language,
  • gives you flowers
  • demands nothing in exchange.
must be a scam.

best avoid such places next time round.
Depends on country / culture I think. I was in similar situations in other countries that were not scams (points 1, 2 and 4 were the same, but the gift was other things, such as food). This happened in places such as South Korea and Iran. However, in these countries scams are nearly non-existent (there was not a single attempt to scam me there) so I never even had a presumption that those could be scams.

The situation in India is different, although if it would be some kind of religious tradition to give such flowers (in the way, for example, food is given by Sikhs in gurdwaras), then it could be non-scam as well, that's why I ask about the meaning of laurel of flowers in Jain rituals.
#5 Feb 7th, 2016, 23:17
Join Date:
Jul 2011
Location:
UK
Posts:
2,503
  • Fing Fang is offline
#5
I was going to say no, but since you specified that the flowers were "laurel flowers"....

Complete scam. I'd be careful of those temples and people that hang around them, always watch your back in India

Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2017
Page Load Success