And The King Goes Back Home…

After 10 days of festivities on Anantha Chaturdashi the King, or Lord Ganesha undertakes his journey back home, through the sea, as devotees take part  in the immersion festivities with a lot of pomp and fanfare. While we thank god for his kindness, generosity and his blessing, and urge him to come back soon the following year….

Bringing the Sanctity Home

While we don’t bring home an Idol of Lord Ganesha, being Brahmans, we do have Ganapati pooja at home. While we don’t use the idols of the temple at home, we make a statue out of turmeric and chant mantras to the make shift idol. A day after the pooja, we dissolve the heap of…

Home-made Savories

For Ganesh Charurthi, we Tamilians make the Lords favorite delicacy called modak at home, as a part of the Prasad or blessings from the God. These are sweet dumplings made from rice flour, filled with coconut shreds, and jaggery seasoned with elaichi (cardamom powder). Needless to say, mom’s a fantastic cook, and despite not having a sweet-tooth, I…

He Comes Home

I have lost patience with the stories I guess, so instead of mythology, let me tell you about the Elephant-Head God that paid a visit to my building. Like most other housing societies in Mumbai, mine too brings an idol of the God with a lot of pomp and fanfare. However, the joy is short-lived…

Lessons from life

Kubera is considered the God of Wealth as per Hindu mythology. Known to be excessively proud of his immense fortunes, the god once decided to throw a lavish meal to his godly guests Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati. The couple politely denied the request, instead offered to send their son young Ganesha instead, to which Kubera…

Mummy’s Boy

About the picture: I got this idol as a wedding gift from my librarian, who brought it for me all the way from Mathura. The idol of Shiva and Parvati with Ganesha on their lap, sits proudly in the temple at my house. I share a special bond with Komal Ma’am, she was the first person to not just recommend books to me, but also get my feedback after I returned it to her in due course. How I miss my fun-filled college days!

Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati had two sons, Lord Ganesha and Lord Karthikeya (Murugan). While both were very loved, the gods were puzzled over who was smarter. They went out to Bhrama, the creator of the Universe to get an answer, but […]

Lord Ganesha And the Waning Moon

About the picture: The picture is a bit grainy as the lens range isn’t that great. I got this picture the night of Eid, a day before Ganesh Chathurthi. I have a fascination with the moon, too bad I didn’t own a camera at the super moon, but that doesn’t dampen my spirits 🙂

Any Ganesha Idol you notice the god has one broken tusk and a mouse tucked in somewhere. The mouse is Ganesha’s wahan, or his means of transportation […]

And So He Was Born…

Lord Ganesha is the son of Goddess Parvati and lord Shiva, although Parvati didn’t conceive him in her womb. Legend goes that Shiva was out on his penance when Parvati had to go for a bath. With no one to guard the door, she decided to create a boy from sandal paste off her own body. She breathed life into the boy and instructed him that no one should enter inside till she was […]

Let The Festivities Begin!

Today starts the celebration of the 10 day festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi which is celebrated with pomp and zest all across the state of Maharashta in India. Back in Tamil Nadu, it it is a single day affair, with preparation of Modak (a steamed sweet dumpling made with rice flour skin with coconut and jaggery filling). The festival was first started as a…

Life Free From Hinderances

||Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha|| ||Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada|| It’s a Sanskrit slogan that is offered in prayer to Lord Ganesha. It translates as “Oh Lord with a curved trunk and a mighty body, who has the magnificence of a Million suns, I pray to you Oh Lord, keep all the actions I intend to do free from hindrances always!