Seeking divine blessings

Seeking divine blessings

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Seeking divine blessings

together Bangaloreans will be celebrating the festival in a grand manner.

Var­amahalakshmi, a festival dedicated to the goddess of wealth, is being celebrated
today and the married women in the City are ready for the occasion.The day begins with families wearing new clothes and jewe­llery along with decorating the house with rangoli and a tho­rna with fresh mango lea­ves. From elaborate rangolis to decking the
goddess with five different kinds of flowers, the decorating of the puja room is also very important. “Getting five different kinds of flowers is very important. And with the rising prices and high demand for the same, it does get difficult. But at the end of the day, it seems worth the tro­uble,” shares Pooja, a homemaker.

One thing common in all houses is the kalasha. “This is a metal pot filled with pure water and rice topped with a bunch of mango leaves. A whole coconut smeared with turmeric is placed in the middle of the pot. This represents the goddess and some even decorate it by draping a sari around the pot,” says Jeevana, a homemaker.

 With this festival being extremely popular in Karnataka, many houses will be celebrating it in their own way. There are a few who do it the traditional way by calling in a pujari with the family members sitting for a puja and creating special delicacies like holiges, sundal, kosambari and vadas, for the occasion. For Shweta Ranganatha, an artist, Varmahalakshmi is the perfect occasion to invite friends and family home for the puja.

“Festivals are always a time for friends and family to come together. With ashada going on, it has been long since any such occasion has come. So after a long time, I will be inviting my close friends and family for a small puja and have a mini
get-together,” she adds.

Rajamma Krishnamurthy, a homemaker who lives in Jaya­nagar, says that the interesting thing about the festival is that neighbours too get an opportunity to bond. “Traditionally in the evening, the women in the neighbourhood would either get together and sing hymns or visit each other’s houses for the puja and bond during that time. But now, many things have changed. In place of singing hymns and prayers, people just play a CD in the background and there are a few who end up going out to a restaurant to celebrate. Nevertheless, the goddess is invoked and blessings are sought for a prosperous year ahead,” she concludes.

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