Letter from Home-2 (#SOL-19)


Letter from Home -2
Dear Doddamma,
Aravinda returned from Bombay on the 5th morning. He was very happy to meet you and talk to you. He had a very nice time with his friend and the hotel where he was staying was very good.
On the 5th was my Kuvara’s (my husband) birthday. I had prepared green gram dal payasa. As Aravinda had just returned we decided to go to the temple on the 6th. We wanted to go to a temple to which we had not gone earlier. We searched the internet and read about Sri Durgaparameshwari temple in a place called Belmannu, about 35 kms from Udupi.
On Sunday morning, we left home at 7.30. We had breakfast in a hotel on the highway just a little away from Udupi. It was a busy place and the dosas were good. Belmannu is a hamlet surrounded by forest. This temple was constructed in the 7th century. It is on top of a hillock, we have to climb 70 steps.


IMG-20190106-WA0002We liked the temple though the morning puja was over. We got the prasada and the priest performed ‘hoovina puje’ (flower puja) for us. I had read that the oldest Kannada copper plate inscription was found under the foundation of the temple in 1952.


(paddy fields on the way)

On our way to this temple we had passed the village of Sooda and Sri Vasuki Subrahmanya temple there. On our way back we decided to go there too. This temple too is very ancient. The priest told us that according to local legend the idol of the deity, Shri Vasuki Subrahmanya was consecrated in the ancient times by Rishi Bhargava. It is still believed that the Rishi comes early in the morning to offer prayers. So every day after the night puja the sanctum sanctorum is cleaned and the flowers removed. The tradition continues to this day. In the 14th century Poovayya Hegde constructed the temple. We liked this temple too. There was a lot of good energy in both the temples. We were happy to have gone there. There are so many temples in remote places not very far from our town. I am really grateful to the internet. It had made it possible for us to see these places.

On the 5th evening we went to End Point. Earlier in the week we had been to Venugopala temple park. We meet a lady who comes there for a walk regularly. She is about 74. Her name is Lakshmi too. She lives with her son and family. She says she walks till she feels tired and does not count the number of rounds she does. I believe it is a good idea.



Amma likes to talk to her. In the training college grounds too we meet Mrs Sudha. She is 83 and comes regularly. Both ladies are very nice persons. Today evening we went to the lake for our evening walk. The water level has gone down further. We met a lot of people.
Doddamma, Last week I prepared Coriander leaves flavoured chutney powder and ambate kaayi pickle. We got the ambate kaayi ( Indian hog plum)from Mareel where my parents had lived and we all had stayed in the last week of December. I will continue about our stay in Puttur in my next letter, I wanted to write to you about the temples. I will send photos in WhatsApp.
With lots of love,

(My letters to my Doddamma, my father’s elder brother’s wife, have made letter writing a part of my life again. Both of us enjoy the letters. Doddamma literally means elder mother. She is my favourite relative. She is 88. She cannot go out and is not able to hear well. So, I started writing to her in November 2017. Earlier I used to send a mail to her daughter-in-law, she used to read it to her. My cousin’s wife told me Doddamma enjoys the feel of letters and re-reads them often. I edit the letters and post them in Slice of Life hosted by Two Teachers. I enjoy SOL. We, bloggers live in different parts of the world. Our lives are so different but there is sameness which is fascinating. The different posts and photos bring the world to my home. Thank you dear friends. 😊 )

Belman Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple | Shivalli Brahmins

Letter from Home-2 (#SOL-19)

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. Twice a week I used to go to a home for the mentally challenged . But I have not gone there since March 2020. I will start going there again but I do not know when. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


  1. I always find the history you include in your posts very interesting. I like that the one woman you met listens to her body. It is good to push ourselves occasionally, but think of how much grief we could erase from our lives of we just listened to what our bodies are trying to tell us.

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    1. Moong Dal Payasam/Hesaru Bele Payasa Recipe – Udupi Recipes

      Earlier I used to strain coconut milk from the ground coconut. But now I grind the coconut to fine paste and add it to the cooked dal. The payasam tastes good and less coconut is needed.


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