In and around our town there are many ancient temples. The temple to Goddess Mahishamardini ( one form of Goddess Durga) is very near our home. Renovations were started before 2020 but things got delayed due to the pandemic. But now most of the work has been completed and many rites and rituals started on the 1st and will go on till the 10th. There are talks and cultural activities every evening. Lunch and dinner are served free to all. People donate rice, coconuts, oil, fruits and everything that is needed to prepare food for hundreds of people. We too donated hundred coconuts on 4th evening and went inside the temple to offer prayers. The temple looks beautiful but was so crowded ! We decided we will go again after all the excitement is over. 😊
The monsoon was supposed to start on the 2nd but has not really rained. Last two days have been dry and hot. Most people here believe that it will rain after the 10th due to the temple functions. I wonder how God decides ! It is now 5 in the evening and it has been raining heavily from 4.15, with thunder and lightning.
Sunday night we went to the temple premises to attend a music concert by Dr Vidyabhushan. He is a wonderful singer who sings devotional songs. We were there till 9.30, came back home and listened to rest of the concert on TV. By car the temple is less than ten minutes away. There is a live telecast. But being at the place, listening to music is a different experience altogether. There was a very long queue to go inside the temple. We told the volunteers that we were attending the concert. We did not have to stand in the queue. Seeing the devotees, I thought that most of us need to believe in God or a superior being or in nature or in anything that helps us to face the difficulties that come our way in life.
On the 1st, my root canal treatment was over. Sitting in the dental chair I was thinking about the long ago days when there was no treatment to dental problems. The pain is to be experienced to be understood. I was happy to see the equipment and the dental chair and it was definitely something to smile about 😊.
On the 31st we had been to my husband’s cousin’s home. They gave us a lot of Kokum fruits. I made juice from them. We have to cut the fruit and separate the peel and the fruit seeds. To the peels we have to add sugar and keep it in the sun for a few days till the sugar melts completely. I got a bottle of juice and I have stored the peels too. I use it in my cooking. This juice does not spoil for a long time. But the juice which we get by adding sugar to the seeds does not last for long.
Romance can happen at any age, suddenly without warning.
Love latent in our hearts comes to surface with a single glance.
That, is the support which helps us to face what life sends our way.