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We Tamilians celebrate Navaratri by worshiping the three divine Goddesses, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati for three days each. The first 3 days are dedicated to Durga, the next 3 to Lakshmi and the last 3 days to Saraswati . Normally people try to chant shlokas relating to the 3 Goddess during these 9 days.
Can any festivity be devoid of yummy goodies to eat? Well , it’s also time for sundals and sweets.
One interesting feature as a part of the Navarathri is the decoration of the “Golu” which is followed by some families. Golu is a staircase having treads generally in odd numbers. Every tread is decorated with beautiful dolls and idols of gods and goddesses. Ladies invite each other home to have a look at the Golu and offer prasadam and haldi kumkum. It’s time to deck up and normally everyone looks forward to this during the evenings.
We celebrate the Saraswati Puja on the Navami day wherein all the materials / books / musical instruments/ tools relating to studies/ Arts/ other skills are kept in front of the Goddess of learning. Officially its a day when parents cant tell their kids to study .
On Dashami is the Vijayadashami when the books/ tools / instruments are taken from the puja place and one is expected to read atleast a page from the book. This day also marks the beginning of any type of learning. Small children who are supposed to join school are made to write the alphabet on rice/sand sitting on their father’s s lap. This is the ritual of ” Vidya Arambham” which means beginning of education that marks the day of initiation of formal education for every child .
I loved this pic wherein the 3 Devis seem to be mingling in a relaxed pose as if they are watching the Homo sapiens on planet Earth & feeling happy with the way the humans have dedicated the nine days to them. Every region in India has their own way of celebrating the nine days.
Finally for everyone It’s a time to break the mundane routine and celebrate life , each in their own way.
Once again Wishing everyone a very Happy Navaratri
Welcoming Vignahartha- the remover of obstacles .
I came across this lovely picture of Welcoming Gauri Ganesha. Gauri is Ganesha’ s mother as per Indian mythology and it is believed that one day before Ganesha Chaturthi festival Gauri and Ganesha arrive .
We hope and pray Lord that you bless the world on your arrival and bestow your blessings on all the Earthlings . So be it.So be it. So be it.
This year when a certain virus started showing its head at the end of the first quarter of the current year 2020 , we got familiarized with a new name called
the ” Pandemic ” . We are now almost in the last lap of the third quarter of 2020 and
life has changed in some ways that we had never ever imagined before.
The festival season has started and ” Ganesha Chaturthi ” is one of the most favourite and most looked forward festival
especially for we Bombayites.
Well, this festival during the pandemic made me walk down the memory lane once again.
as good memories are what we hold onto with fondness.
When we were residing in Chedda Nagar in Chembur we would get up very early in the morning and make sure to visit the famous Tilak nagar Ganesha Pandal wherein every year a new structure depicting an important architectural wonder would be erected.
Visiting friends houses who bring in Lord Ganesha is also something I look forward to. Its also time to drape a sari , meet friends , savour the yummy Indian delicacies, visit the Ganesha temple closeby.
It is always sad to lose a loved relative from the family and especially if it happens on a festival day it’s all the more sad .
This pandemic has changed it all and the mantra to be followed is – stay home, stay safe.
The big day came and went quietly .Hoping against hope that Lord Vignahartha the remover of obstacles blesses the entire Universe and works HIS magic to bring the pandemic to an end maybe in the form of an effective vaccine.
Wishful thinking is something that we can expect from the superpower is what I firmly believe in!!
So Dearest Vignaharatha , for now all that I can pray is that we all survive this pandemic for now and welcome you next year with full zeal and enthusiasm as always.
“Ganapati Bappa Morya , pudachi varsha laukarya”.
My kolam journey during this Tamil month of Margazhyi ends today. I am thankful to the Almighty that He gave me the enthusiasm, time, energy , interest to discover this new form of art that I seem to have started liking more.
I am glad that I have graduated from a 3×3 dot grid to a larger dot grid since last year .
I seem to enjoy drawing the Sikku kolam most as the curved lines that make an intricate pattern around the dots makes it challenging to figure out where the design begins from and where it ends. Thanks to Google and YouTube to have such a vast Kolam bank which makes it easy for people like me who start learning and practicing it after crossing mid forties.
Posting my kolam on a daily basis in a way also made me stick to a deadline to honour the commitment I made to myself.
Today is Bhogi , wherein people light a bonfire and old things are discarded.
A new Hindu tamil month of ” Thai” commences tomorrow on Pongal. We offer Thanksgiving to the Sun God, the cattle , the Mother Earth for a good harvest crop.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Pongal, Happy MakarShankranthi, Happy, Bihu and a Happy Lohri too
Day 29: I am drawn more towards hanging lamps and Sikku kolams. These are a few of my favorite things and I have tried to put them in an art form today
Margazhyi month is synonymous with kolams, kacheris ( vocal carnatic musical concert) and devotion. It seems it is considered to be more of a spiritual month in South India.
In a musical concert among the many musical accompaniment instruments the Veena is a string instrument and the Mridangam is a percussion instrument.
Today is Sankatahara chaturthi ( Sankashthi) which happens to be an important day connected with Ganesha
Day 28: My kolam has the Vignahartha, the remover of obstacles on a Sankashti day along with the Veena and Mrindagam emanating melodious tones .
In South India , similar to Meerabai we have Aandal who composed songs for Lord Ranganatha( Vishnu) and was a true devotee of lord Ranganatha and wanted to marry him. Aandal’ s wish comes true and she gets fully decked up as a bride to marry the Lord and like Meerabai she too merges into Ranganatha’ s idol.
Margazhi day 27 is called ” koodarai” and is special for Aandal
A special hairdo is an important part of a south Indian bride’s attire similar to the bharatanatyam dance style. One of the ornaments worn on the hair is the ” Rakodi” .
Day 27: Today I have drawn a rangoli similar to the ornament “Rakodi “which Aandal would wear as one of the ornaments as a bride.
Day 26: On this Saturday a simple kolam depicting Hanuman , the monkey God,a true Bhakth of Lord Shri Ram wearing the ” Namam” which is one of the symbols of Lord Vishnu
The festival of Arudra Darisanam also called Thiruvadirai . It is connected with the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva as Nataraja in Tamil month of margazhyi on the Full moon day.
Special pujas and rituals are done at the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple in Tamil Nadu
Shiva Carries a (trishul) trident, a damru , has serpents around his body, he is pleased when bilva leaves are offered to him. The bilva leaves are green in colour and three in a stalk resembling the trishul . Om namaha shivaya is a mantra associated with Lord Shiva.
Day 25: I have drawn a A radial kolam on the festival day
of ” Thiruvadirai” .
My kolam has a trishul, Om, damru , the three horizontal stripes of viboothi that a Shiva devotee wears ( Ravana was a staunch devotee of Shiva) and the third eye of Lord Shiva in the centre along with the bilva leaves at the top on either side of the kolam .
I have excluded the serpent as I am very scared of their sight.