Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Are you ready for Dandiya??

Senoritas.....Navratri nu tyohar aavi gayo :) :) Are you all set for next 9 days?

I am sure we all have Dandiya organised in our society typically every year,  one year I had taken efforts to learn the dance properly but now with time I guess I have forgotten or that it just needs refresher course :) When ever we will have our Senoritas meet na, let us all play then :) will be fun:) :)

So tomorrow marks the opening ceremony with is what happens (as much as I know)
Navarati Kalashsthapana involves invoking the mother Goddess in a Pot or Kalash and sowing of seeds. A kalash with an image of Goddess Durga is installed in the house on the day. Apparently there is timing for this to do and some people even invite pandits. The pot is filled with water and is covered with plate of soil (in olden days they wud cover it with cow dung) and seeds of wheat are sown in the soil. It is watered every day for 9 days...sprinkled water, and by the 10th day you have germinated version of seeds which is used as Prasad.

My South Indian friends have beautiful set up of dolls and decorated images laid on steps. They have display of about 50-60 dolls/images. It is generally haldi kukum time for them. My gujju friends too have puja and make lot of sweets for these 9 days. I have never had a chance to visit any Bengali during these days but I am sure they too will have robust set up. 

On 8th day - ashtami day my mom would invite "Kumarika" and do their ovalni and give them lunch and some gift articles. I do not do any of the above, but thought of sharing with you all.

If you have experiences of Navratri, do share...:)


  1. Navratri doesn't conjure as many memories as Diwali, However one thing which we enjoyed celebrating during Navratri was - Bhondla.
    We as little girls would be invited to play bhondla at one of our houses. We drew an Elephant figure on a Pat with a dots at the bottom, then we would all go round it like Ringa-Ringa-Roses and sing special songs meant for Bhondla. The songs were real good - and some were very funny and we would all go into bursts of laughter singing them. (Today I still smile at the thought of it). At the end of the singing session we would all sit down in circle and then would begin a guessing game - we would have to guess what the host has prepared for us for snacks. the item prepared were comparatively so trivial as compared to what pains we go today to make when someone comes over - but nevertheless those were enjoyed with such relish. (Today it really pains me to see how we pick at food painstakingly prepared by the host).
    Dassera day my father would perform the pooja of all the "shastra" and "vidya". I remember giving my books of those subjects which i feared the most. (hahaha)

    Like everything else - festivals and their outlooks are changing too. I wouldn't say for the better, but things have become a lot more commercialised and also more materialistic. These last few years - wearing a particular colour on each day has taken a lot of precedence. What has that got to do with Navratri? but then I do it because - my office staff does it and wants me to participate - so just go with the flow sometimes. Well it does makes you feel a little bit festive.

  2. Yes Madhavi mummy calls a Kumarika every year for kumaripujan . My grandfather would read the Gurucharitra a bhat would come to our house and he would cook his own food . He would give us some it was always delicious . In our village all the hindus would be veg for nine days , but in our house we would eat fish so some friends would sneak in to our house for the fish . My mother would cook the fish in back side balcony on chulla . It was fun as Pratima bhabi said those were really days of pure emotions nothing artificial or put on .

  3. I was often called at mummy's place for Kumarika and I was given many gifts (bangles were always my favourite among them). Now Samah enjoys it all.


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