Happy Dussehra everyone! Today is Dussehra in India. This special occasion, which takes place the day after the nine nights of Navaratri, marks the defeat of the demon king Ravana by Lord Rama. It also celebrates warrior Goddess Durga’s victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.
Dussehra is an important family occasion — a sari wearing, feet touching occasion! — so my husband and I spent the day with the family. And yes, I did dress up. Despite the fact that it meant I had to travel sitting sideways on my husband’s motorbike, like a true Indian woman.
An integral part of Dussehra is the Ayudha Puja (worship of implements used to earn a living). Yesterday, my husband spent the day helping my father-in-law clean his workshop. Today, we gathered there for the puja. My father-in-law has a furniture shop, so we worshiped his carpentry tools.
The Ayudha Puja was particularly special because it was my little nephew’s first one. He’s five months old now, and has grown so much since he was just born.
He’s wearing lots of “scary makeup” today, to keep away the evil eye.
After the puja, we ate, relaxed and had fun. The apartment was full of laughter, chatter and silliness.
On another note, the lift in the apartment building was broken. Infact, according to the sign, it’s been “shut” for 75 days now. And counting!
Most of the dismantled lift was still laying in front of the building. It shows no signs of getting fixed any time soon! It’s a very difficult situation for the older people in the building, who have to climb the stairs in the heat. The building isn’t a big one. It only has around six floors (my in-laws live on the fourth floor), but it’s still a challenge to get to the top. My mother-in-law goes out numerous times a day, and it’s certainly a struggle for her. Apparently she’s lost seven kilograms from climbing up and down!
Last of all, one more picture for those who can’t quite get over the shock of seeing me in a sari! This sari is the first sari I ever owned, so it’s a bit special. My husband gave it to me when we were in Kolkata. He had no idea what I liked but wanted to surprise me. Apparently, he gave a similar sari to his mum earlier and got a favourable response, so brought one for me! Very wise!
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