Na tatra suryo bhaati na chandra tarakam
nema vidhyuto bhanti kutoyamagnihi |
tameva bhantam anubhati sarvam
tasya bhasa sarvam idam vibhati ||
Sun cannot illumine him, nor the moon, nor the stars
Lightning cannot, much less this little flame I wave |
Verily, when he shines everything is illuminated
By his light alone all of us shine ||
~ Kathopanishad II v 15
In addition to the Ganapati Puja (devotional service to the divine), we also celebrate the Gauri (Gowri) Puja at home. This puja is performed by women, to invoke the blessings of Gauri – mother of Ganapati. The Gods are invoked in these prints, decorated with black beads, glass bangles and ornaments. This is also called “Vaina Puja” amongst Konkanis.
As part of naivedyam, we offer various foods to the divine Gods. At the end of the service, we accept these as the joy and blessings of the divine and share them with family and friends. Here is the lunch offered to the divine, spread on a traditional banana leaf.
Jalebis as Prasad! Yumm!
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