#SoCS June 11, 2022

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!

10-06-2022

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.

It’s Time to Show the Mass Horror of Shootings in Pictures | toritto (wordpress.com)

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.

News about Brahmakalashotsava Kadiyali Udupi

bing.com/news

Udupi: Brahmakalashotsava of Kadiyali Sri Mahishamardini temple concludes with religious grandeur

Prasada – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prasada

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.

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