When the elephant God comes visiting
On the fourth day of Bhadrapad , which happens to be tomorrow ,Lord Ganesh will visit our homes. I love this pot bellied God, the younger son of Shiva and Parvati who travels the world on his little mouse. Lord Ganesh is the God of Auspicious Beginnings and all rituals begin after invoking His name.
The whole of last month craftsmen have been busy making clay idols of this God in different sizes to be worshipped in private homes and public pandals. And today Bhaji Gulley had small stalls selling special stuff for the Pooja that is performed the day before His visit – the festival of Hartalika – where women fast in the tradition of Parvati for the long life of their husbands but more importantly to ensure getting the same husband in the next birth.
I was thrilled to see the market a buzz with activity: people milling around getting ready for the festival, the produce looking specially fresh and inviting .
Aren’t these berries, dried custard apples , little clay dolls and packets of Areca nuts, turmeric and nuts used in worship fascinating and intriguing?