Letter from Home-7 (Slice of Life)

[I remember those long ago days when we used to write letters to our near and dear ones regularly. Over the years there have been lot of changes in life. These are the days of the internet and we have stopped writing letters. Last year I started writing mails to my mother and my Doddamma (my father’s elder brother’s wife) She lives with her son and family. My cousin’s wife shows her my mails. My mother lives with my brother and my sister-in-law shows her my mails. My Doddamma is 86 and is not able to go out. My Amma and Doddamma enjoy the mails and the photos. The internet has really changed our lives, it helps us to keep some contact with our friends and relatives, if we want to😊. I am editing a few lines before posting in Slice of Life because it would be difficult to understand without knowing the details. I am also adding links to certain topics of interest.]

Dear Doddamma and amma,
I think I have told you that I go to Asare, home for the mentally challenged three times a week. I go in the afternoons and have been going there for the last six years. The teachers and those who can, make flowers from organdie and stocking material. I learnt how to make them and help by cutting the materials and making petals and tying them to make roses. These are bought by different colleges and the Rotary. On the 2nd was Holi, I joined in the Holi celebrations. It was fun.


That morning I made rice kheer (a dessert)at home. A cousin gave me the recipe. We have take ½ glass rice, 1 glass sugar, 4 glasses of milk, little cashew nuts and cook everything together in the cooker for 15 minutes. The kheer is ready and very tasty and it gets a light brown colour because of the sugar. It is easy to make.

There is a Nagavana near our house. Ten years ago the Naga stones were again established and a small temple was built. On the 3rd was the 10th year celebration. Chandika homa and Ashelsha bali (rituals connected with the worship of Snake God) was performed.


( Mandala made by the priests )

Aravinda and I went at 8 o’clock as he had to go to college. I asked one of our elderly neighbours about these Naga stones. He is more than 80 years old. He said they have been here since his father’s younger days. They may have been there much before that. His family have been offering puja to the Naga stones. They were under a very old jackfruit tree. Shiroor Matha of Lord Krishna temple owned the land all around here, About 15 years ago they cut the old tree. I really do not understand how they could cut the tree. At the same time trees all around were also cut down and now there is a concrete jungle in its place. It is really tragic. No puja was offered for three or four years and the Naga stones fell from their places. This was thought to be a bad sign. After consulting the elders of the place it was decided that all the people of this area should get together and build a temple in the Nagavana and re-establish the Naga stones. This was done and every year on that day pujas are offered and lunch for all devotees. That afternoon about thousand people ate in the premises of the Nagavana.

The same night there was a Yakshagana programme. It started at about 9.30 and finished at about 5 in the morning. It was held in the open ground near our house. The Maranakatte Mela performed Maranakatte Kshetra Mahime. According to the local legend Devi Mookambike killed the Mookasura here and later performed the Marana Homa. Maranakatte is a small town about 16 kms from Kundapura. It is famous for its Brahmalingeshwara temple. Kuvara (my husband) watched till about 11.30. Chairs had been kept in the field and the whole place was full. Many stayed up till the end and some left after midnight.


( This photo is from the internet, it is of the same group who had performed near our house.)

Amma, the bags which you have stitched are very beautiful. I have kept aside four blouse pieces. ( my mother is stitching small bags and enjoying herself) I will get them when I come to see you.

With love,

Yakshagana – Wikipedia
Yakshamitra founded in 2008 in Toronto, Canada, is the first full pledged Yakshagana mela outside India. … Maranakatte mela: still performing: Sri Brahmalingeshwara Temple: B: Donation, Devotee: Mandarthi Mela: 1950s: still performing: Durgaparameswari Temple: B: Devotees’ donation: Keremane Mela: B: Bappanadu …

Nagaradhane – Wikipedia
Nagaradhane (Tulu: ನಾಗಾರಾಧನೆ) is a form of snake worship which, along with Bhuta Kola, is one of the unique traditions prevalent in Coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasaragod alternatively known as Tulu Nadu, practiced by Tuluva community members.

Maranakatte – Wikipedia
Maranakatte is located at a distance of 16 km from Kundapura on the way to Kollur and the village is also called Kanchinakodlu. There is a Brahmalingeshwara Temple which is located on the banks of river Brahmakunda in the northside which then takes a steep turn towards east which increases the beauty of the spot.

Mandala – Wikipedia

A mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, maṇḍala; literally “circle”) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

Letter from Home-7 (Slice of Life)

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. YES, my eyes were drawn to the bright, beautiful colors, too — thank you for taking the time to include pictures in this Slice! And what a lovely letter/story to share and help us understand the traditions of this celebration — thank you!

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  2. How refreshing to be invited into your family’s traditions and celebrations about which I otherwise would have no idea. You welcome the reader in your introduction and the warmth in your letters allows a stranger to listen along and observe the elements you describe.

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  3. So interesting that you have a colourful spiritual life. You’re lucky to have culture, art and religion brought to you. And I am going to try your kheer recipe some day soon. Greetings. San

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