Happy Bijoya/ Vijayadashami

It’s lovely to see different communities celebrating the same festival in different ways. I was not able to visit any Dandiya celebrations, but would like to wish you the very best for this day when good is supposed to triumph over evil, when Durga killed the buffalo-demon, Mahishasur, and when Rama is supposed to have vanquished Ravana… yesterday was the day that we worshipped and venerated every mechanical device that we use, and today, we start using them again, with a prayer on our lips:

decorated tractor JPNgr 201007

The owner of the tractor has decorated it so beautifully, I took this photo yesterday near Ranga Shankara. I wish I was there to seem him proudly driving it off to work!

Another lovely image I would like to share with you is of Mother Durga, at the Jayamahal Bengali public puja: It was pouring with rain when we went there, but it was still such a beautiful sight!

Durga Ma at Jayamahal 201007

Here’s wishing everyone health, happiness, and peace of mind…

3 Comments so far

  1. Lubna (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

    Hi to all the Metrobloggers,
    Thank you for diligently blogging and keeping us attuned to the latest in Bengaluru (are we supposed to now call it this?).
    Just wanted to wish all of you and indeed to all those who read this blog Happy Festivities!

  2. tarlesubba (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    happy dasara!!

    (nit pick: that decoration was done for ayudha pooje, 8th day, not dashami – the day when chamunDi beat the thulp out of mahishasura.)

  3. Marsha (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 10:11 am

    Hi! I hope this does not seem a bit odd. I was searching on “Bangaluru” and got your blog. The reason I am commenting, other than interest and admiration, is to ask help. I am helping an author friend to do some research and need to be in contact with Hindu women of Bangaluru just to ask a few questions about personal experiences with local traditions. I am to collect personal anecdotes for my friend’s new books. The contributors will be thanked in the book’s acknowledgements, of course.

    The author is Monica Pradhan and her last book was The Hindi-Bindi Club, about three women of the Diaspora who have raised daughters in North America and those daughters experiences of growing up Desi. The new book will follow one of those daughters.

    I would be so grateful for any help you can give.

    Thank you!

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