Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a picture from wherever.” When you sit down to write your post, find a picture, whether in a magazine, newspaper, or even product packaging. Write whatever thought or emotion the picture provokes. Enjoy!
There are many temples to different forms of Goddess Durga in and around our town. The temple to Goddess Mahishamardini is not very far from our home. It is small, peaceful and we like going there. It was being renovated after a long time and its completion had been delayed due to the pandemic. Most of the work was completed by May end. From 1st to 10th of this month there were religious and cultural activities taking place in the temple and its premises. Food was served to all. People consider temple food to be prasada. On the 9th we went there for lunch. There are two halls in the premises of the temple. Adjacent to it is a school and two temporary halls were constructed in the school grounds as dining area. We were there by 12 o’clock. There was a very long queue to go inside the temple. We had been inside once and decided make a visit later. Helpful volunteers directed us to the school ground. There was a long queue. We thought we would have to wait for a long time. But we did not mind as we usually have lunch at 1.15. Children from different schools were eating. Many small children were sitting eating food. I took their photo and other photos too. I was looking at them and reliving the moments as I read Linda’s prompt.
The children were enjoying themselves and relishing the food. They were talking and laughing. They must have missed all this for two years during the pandemic. I don’t think any of us will forget 2020 and 2021. So many children have suffered in different ways. Looking at those happy faces I also recalled fellow blogger, Toritto’s blog about the killing of school children in Uvalde, Texas and the deaths of children at different times due to different reasons. It is heart wrenching.
When we are troubled we may find solace in different ways, in places we hold near to heart. A temple, any place of worship is one such.