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.