Day 20 of the MarchSOLSC! #SOL21

In my two earlier posts I have written about Aghasankocha, rites and rituals performed by the families of our clan. They started on the 13th and end tomorrow.  We were informed about it a few months ago.  A lot of money is needed and each family in the thirty seven branches was requested to donate a certain amount. We went on the 18th to experience something which would happen only once in our life time.

For us the Fire God, Agni, is the go-between between us and the Gods. We worship Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Lord Ganapati and our ancestors.  One of the  priests said worshipping our ancestors is something which should not be taken lightly. Their blessings are very important. 

The atmosphere there was charged with positive energy.   Vishnu sahasranama is considered one of the most powerful mantras. Towards the end, all the priests chanted it together. Family members joined in too.  The chanting was soul stirring. We felt blessed to have been there. I listen to this mantra and also to commentary on it delivered by the late Sanskrit scholar, Shri Bannanje Govindacharya every morning in YouTube.

A cousin told me fascinating details of our clan. Our village is in the northern part of Kerala, not far from Karnataka border. In and around our village there have lived thirty seven generations of our clan for over nine hundred years. The original family is thought to have come from near Gokarna. About 800 years ago one family went to Trivandrum in South Kerala.  And about 500 years ago many families migrated to other places in Kerala. Over the years many others would have migrated too. People have always migrated from one place to another through the ages.

Many years ago another cousin went to the land records office searching for some documents.  He was given old documents which were beginning to crumble to pieces. At home he studied them in detail and talked about it with others. He learnt though another person about families of our clan living in south Kerala and speaking Malayalam.  We speak Kannada. They were contacted by e mail. Two couples attended the function.  One of them was celebrating their 41st wedding anniversary and they sponsored coconut barfi for lunch. I ate two pieces 😃. It is one of my favourite sweets.
It was almost 3o’clock when we left. We were very happy that we could attend at least on one day. The organizers have managed to telecast live on Facebook. This has helped many living far away to watch the proceedings.
The internet is a boon in so many ways.

https://hebbarskitchen.com/coconut-burfi-recipe-nariyal-barfi/

https://mukhamani.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/day-18-of-the-march-solsc-sol21/

https://mukhamani.wordpress.com/2021/03/19/day-19-of-the-march-solsc-sol21/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gokarna,_Karnataka

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. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. I did not go there last year. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. 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.

14 comments

  1. “Something which would happen only once in our life time.” To that, all I can say is wow! And speaking of once-in-a-lifetime moments, here’s one I remembered reading your slice. Back when I was 10 or 11 years old, I was assigned India for a country report in school. To add to my learning, I connected with an Indian couple who were neighbors of my family. Through a series of interviews, they taught me about their culture and (wait for it) showed me how to make sweet, delicious coconut barfi.

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