Saturday, September 15, 2007
Blessings big and small--happy ganesh chathurti
Today is Vinayak chaturthi—an important Hindu festival. To put it simply, it means it is the birthday of Lord Ganesh.
In the state where I stay, it is celebrated on a very grand scale. There are beautiful idols everywhere. The whole city reverberates with beats of the drum. People dance in front of elaborately decorated ‘pandals’.There is no equivalent of a pandal in English language—One has to see it to understand what it is. At best, it can be described as decorated raised wooden structure, on which Ganesha is housed, in all his splendour –majestic and towering with offerings of incense, flowers and fruits surrounding him like a sea.There are pandals in every nook and cranny in my city right now.The mood is festive. Today, I read in the newspapers that even in Paris, Ganesh festival was celebrated.
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On a slightly different note---when it rains it pours!
So many people are being really kind to me—and I’m feeling happy about it. One should always be thankful for kindness and blessings—big and small.
First it was Akanksha who nominated my blog for schmooze award.This was sometime in August.
Then Rayne from Crunchy bits nominated my blog for Outstanding blog of the week. Apart from her blog she has a fabulous story site “So many stories”
She said something really nice about me—click here and scroll down to week of August 27th, if you want to see what she said.
Then Marja of ‘Dutchcorner’ nominated my blog for ‘totally fabulous’ award.
And today I had a nice surprise when Gillian of ‘Indigo blue’ mentioned my blog for Blog day award. Blog day happens just once a year—and I feel honoured that Gillian mentioned me.
Mentioning all these awards was long overdue—but somehow I kept putting it off, as I had so much to share. I still do—but I guess those will be in posts to come.
Today I bow my head to Ganesh ,the remover of all obstacles.(i loved the symbolism explained in this picture.Click to enlarge.If it does not enlarge click here ) I wish you a happy Ganesh chaturti—even if you do not celebrate it, may all the obstacles in your path be removed.
Surely—that is something nobody can deny wanting!