More pictures of Ganesha festivities and Mahalaxmi or Gauri puja from my parents house. You have to be here to see the elaborate decorations made for the occasion, to listen to the sonorous chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’, the fragrance of jasmine and roses mixed with incense and taste the puran polis and dal vada prasad for Laxmi puja.
The rituals are age-old and followed to the T under my mom’s watch. We reached a bit late and missed the actual puja but were right on time for lunch and to meet all visiting relatives.
In the evening, we had neighbors and family friends come over for darshan. Memories of childhood came flooding when I used to visit neighbors with mom and come back with plateful of sweets and snacks and skip dinner!
After spending a short day with my parents, we went to Lonavla to meet Vipuls parents. That being visrajan day for Gauri and Ganpati, we got to see elaborate processions to send off Lord Ganesha in style. Varun was excited to see groups after groups walk down to the river for the send off.
This was the first time I saw Gauri visarjan with ladies decked in their fineries carrying Gauri on their heads in woven baskets – reminding me of our recent Bali trip where we saw Balinese women carrying offerings in similar baskets balanced on their heads.
Puja, family, plateful of prasad, cool monsoon climes of Lonavla – it was the a refreshing weekend trip from Hyderabad. Even Mumbai seemed cooler and cleaner this time. Varun couldn’t get enough of his cousin sister and grand mom’s. The only hard part – coming back to Hyderabad and trying to get back to routine!