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?

 

 

Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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4 Responses

  1. Ajay Pai says:

    Ganesh Chaturthi is so exciting. I loved when i was a kid, as i got to see so many people, bhajans and so on. The floral scent and the agarbathis makes me nostalgic even now.
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    • Bellybytes says:

      I completely agree with you. This time it was more special with the additions to my family watching on. The little fellow really tested his patience keeping away from the Modaks while we sang out the aarti. Eventually we speeded up just so that he could eat after we finished the prayers!

  2. Such lovely pictures. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and yours, Sunitha!
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