Tuesday, 2 September 2008

ILLUMINATIONS FOR VINAYAKA CHATHURTHI





Vinayaka Chathurthi is everyone's favourite festival. Children love to buy the mud dolls of Ganesa for the pooja, and the colourful little umbrella that goes with it. Also popular are the concerts, many of them held at temples, during the festivals.
At our neighbourhood temple in Warren Road, I went to attend our guru Ganga Mani's concert - and saw these illuminations outside the small temple.

Right now, the city is subjected to power cuts lasting 90 minutes every day between 6 am and 6 pm. Each area has its own time for this - we welcome the day without electriciy at 6 am. It is restored at 7.30 am

Please click on pictures for an enlarged view.

13 comments:

flowergirl said...

Yeah right... And the roads around here all have pandal poles stuck in the middle, adding further confusions and chaos to an already chaotic traffic situation.... and of course every street corner has a pilyar/pilayar temple, and each now has to out do the other!!

Sorry, Raji, and then to add to our woes, we also have the velankani fest in full swing!...

As you can see appreciating the lights is not top of mind right now

Its one of those grit and bear weeks!!

Swarna said...

Happy Vinayaka Cjathurthi!
All Glory to Him!
I miss the time when we would carry a tray to the potter's temporary business hub in the market, and bring back a freshly cast Ganesha home, complete with the paraphernalia- erukkam poo, cotton garland, umbrella...

Anonymous said...

You forgot koyakattai or is it kozhakattai?

The best dumpling.

Indrani said...

Great Pics, Raji!
It was celebrated with pomp and show here too. Have a great festival season ahead.

Kat said...

Beautiful pictures. Seeing them felt like folding hands and praying in the monitor itself..!! Thank you.

p.s. why the last para sounding like EB announcement :))))

remainconnected said...

nice pics raji and you have captured the mood in your lenses...

Webradio said...

Hello ! Jolies photos...

Cela doit surprendre de voir cela la nuit !

subs said...

Auntieeeeee..you forgot the kozhukattai.And I saw the animated movie "Bal Ganesha".Was cute:)

Rinkly Rimes said...

The illuminations look very impressive. I look forward to the time when India hosts the Olympic Games. I'm sure the opening ceremony will be impressive! But when will that be, I wonder.

Kamini said...

My favourite part is eating the kozhakattais! How I miss them - I don't even bother trying to make them here, I'm sure they'll be a disaster.
Kamini.

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Flowergirl, this is the flip side . If you look up you see stars, if you look down.....

Swarna, I used to be intrigued by the 'poonal'!

Indrani, thanks.

Kat, thanks. EB announcement!!!!!

Remain connected, thanks for the encouraging words

Webradio, Merci beaucoop. C'etait tres jolie.

Rinkly Rimes,
Though I agree with you in wanting India to host the Olympics, I feel we have a long way to go....

Anonymous, Subs. how can any festival be completee without its own special dish? We made and ate the kozhakkattais.

Kamini, never say die. My first attempts were unmentionable, and my current ones not much better. :D

flowergirl said...

ha, ha, so I was the only part pooper it seems...

PS - I tried my hand at KKs, with some help from my mother-in-law's cook - they were edible is all I can say!

Devika said...

Seasons greetings, Raji!

I never new 'Pillayar' was Ganesha for Tamilians...Kat asked me if I celebrate Pillayar's b'day...I said I don't celebrate any birth day :-(( (But I laughed at myself, when I realised back in Kerala...) never told him...he will hopefully read here..


Good pictures Raji!

You and Indrani left so much for me cover..will do one by one :-)

see you again,
devika

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