Everyday Moments(#SOL-2022)

4-10-2022

Navaratri festival, the worship of Goddess Durga in her different forms is taking place all over the country. There are many temples to the Goddess in and around our town. And we hear devotional songs early in the morning from a nearby temple. On 28th evening we went to the temple of Goddess Indrani on top of a small hill. Temples are beautifully decorated. We have to keep our footwear outside in an allotted place. When we returned somebody had walked away in my husband’s slippers (chappals)!

We decided to go to a few other temples on the 2nd. We first went to the temple of Goddess Mahishamardini in another part of our town. We were going there for the first time. It is a beautiful place, and we were in time for the afternoon pooja. Aarati by the priest and ringing of the bells by the devotees gives a nice feeling. A short, old lady came in a little late and was trying to get a glimpse of the deity in the sanctum. Many kindly moved a little to the side and she was happy. The kindness of people was something to smile about. Most of the ladies wore gorgeous saris adding beauty to the place😊.

From there we went to the temple of Goddess Mahakali. In all temples to the Goddess, food is served to all during Navarati. We went to the open area by the side of the temple. On the way we passed a huge room which was the kitchen. Food was being cooked in huge utensils and things in the room reminded me of Sadje’s photo of tools. Here the tools were those which are used in kitchens. The food was very tasty and was served on plates made from the fronds of the areca tree. They are disposable and biodegradable. People young and old, were relishing the food which is considered as ‘prasada’. After returning home we rested and evening did not go for a walk 😊. We had kept out footwear in the car 😊, did not want to take chances.

On the 27th evening we went to Endpoint for our evening walk. On one side there is natural footpath and sunlight was streaming through the leaves and I stopped to take a photo. Thank God for the camera in mobile phones. The water in the small rainwater harvested lake reflected the beautiful blue of the sky. I never tire of taking photos 😊. We did not have rains for almost a week and we were sure that monsoon season was over. My husband was thinking about watering the plants. But from the 30th it has been raining at least two times a day.  

That afternoon, my husband went to the main medical library to read journals and I went to Asare. On our way back we went to the flour mill to buy wheat flour. We have been buying from there  for many years. In 2011 1kg cost Rs 23 and now it is Rs50! Prices are increasing all the time. Politicians will have an answer for everything or blame the opposition for all the troubles people are now facing.

Today I was cooking and suddenly I heard a screeching sound. Monkeys were running on the compound wall. I think one was being chased by others. I wonder what happened?

Time flies, it is already October. I wrote a Sijo poem for Ronovan’s prompt 😊.

Different responsibilities in all stages of life

The experiences in the early seasons pave the way for us.

Lucky are those who are able to enjoy the autumn of life.

Areca Products – Advance India

Prasada – Wikipedia

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

Navaratri – Wikipedia

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


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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.

21 comments

  1. I felt like I was with you, traveling to and from the temples and enjoying a moment of nature! Your poem is a perfect ending to a wonderfully descriptive post.

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  2. Good to read about interesting aspect of Durga Pooja. When I was in Kolkatta some years ago, my friend Ananda took me round to see the statues in various states of production. It was a great experience. Talking of your husband’s shoes reminded me of how, as a 12 year-old, against specific advice I wore my brand new shoes to the masjid, and they got stolen! Regards.

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  3. Navaratri. Yes! Many of my students celebrate Navaratri, so I really enjoyed having the chance to read about it. Thank you!

    I also love that you brought so many things into your slice: the celebration, your walks and the weather, and that beautiful Sijo poem. I always keep meaning to give Sijo a try. You have me inspired!

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  4. I enjoyed your contemplations and photographs. And today I had time to read more using the links you kindly provided! I will try a Sitjo poem as well.
    And I always wondered about what would happen if your shoes went missing! You can’t take another pair, right? Did your husband go barefoot the remainder of that outing? Do you think his shoes were simple mistaken as someone else’s?

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    1. Thank you Fran. Fortunately we were returning home immediately. Footwear are so similar to each other, many a time people are in a hurry and don’t really look down. But here it was deliberately done because there just seven or eight pairs. Here for regular wear people do not wear shoes . We wear slippers, I think they are also called flipflops. It does not require any time to wear and leave.
      https://www.bata.in/men/shoes/chappal-e-flipflop/

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  5. Thanks for sharing this cultural heritage! I lost an umbrella in Busan, South Korea when I was told I needed to leave it in a communal bucket since it was dripping from the rain. I have to believe someone there is putting it to good use. Your photographs are stunning.

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