Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tradition & the MORA give-away.

I am just so touched by all the responses on the MORA give-away's comments section. Somewhere unwittingly a chord has been touched. I have resonated deeply with so many of the comments and some of them so much that I could have written those very words. Its made me re-think my reactions to tradition and what one defines as tradition. It has inspired me to look back into my archives and pull out  visual records of my interaction with tradition across the past couple of years. 
From someone for whom traditions primarily meant rules, do's-don'ts and therefore resisting it, to helping my mother with her firm adherence to it with more and more ease and acceptance with each passing year, I think I'm making my peace with where I come from.
This post is a virtual hug & is dedicated to each one of you who graciously and genuinely wrote your selves and your hearts out for the MORA give-away. 

These pictures are from different times from different places. They are not linked, but all of them are symbols of tradition and rituals of different sorts. And since I'm a south Indian that part of Indian tradition is what is mainly represented.
Pooja or Puja is an offering / prayer to a deity or God/goddess. More explanation here.
I was fascinated to see the speed and precision with which the Pujari's worked
All the colours are from natural elements or plants/seeds/roots or . No synthetics here. 

The Homa or Havan/ the holy fire is another important component of traditional Hindu prayer/rituals
The Aiyappan Puja.
This is the same as the picture above this. Looks so different because during the Puja, all the lights in the room were put off & the lamps were lit. This picture is taken after the puja, and after the lights in the room came on.
This is recently shot, after I knew in my head that I want to post about Tradition.
Kolam - am so delighted to find wiki links to most of these traditional words :) 
Tuesday is the last day for the Mora Give-away, so all interested, please do remember to log in your comments. And if you are having trouble doing so, just shoot me a mail saying so. We will see what we can do :)


Barnita De said...

Lovely pictures. While "traditions" meant something we are forced to follow when we were young, as years pass by, we realise their importance in our lives. What seemed as mundane rituals, gradually unfolds into something beautiful..... something which defines us. Thanks for these photos.

Sara said...

You always touch a cord with your posts and pics and somehow, I feel this particular entry steals the thunder from the rest The words are beautiful and the pics are brillant! It just makes me come alive :) Thank you so much and may you be blessed! Inspite of a very busy schedule and life, I just cant resist reading every post of yours.........somehow it drives me closer to my dream:)
Thank you

pRiyA said...

Vineeta, thank you for this insightful post with its fascinating pictures. There is so much that I didn't know until I read this. The colour combinations are mind-blowing.
I love the way you write and the way you use your camera to bring us what you do.

Dithi said...

What a delightful post, so much to learn and so many beautiful nuances to every tradition. Beautiful snaps, full of light and colour ..... loved the little details (the bowl of red seeds ... am intrigued by that: what seeds are those and why are they used), the 18 steps, the gorgeous lamps have so much character in them. You are embracing and celebrating Vineeta :), that is showing through :)



Pooja said...

wow thanks for sharing these traditional tips i am sure going to use some of the decor tips with the help of Discount Coupons & Coupons Codes to make my festive seasons more colorful.

Shri said...

The red seeds might be 'Kunnikuru' / Manjadi Kuru = Licorice Abrus. Vineetha, what a lovely tapestry of our memories...; is it not 'Baghval-seva' in the first pictures?

blandina said...

A moving and meaningful post, I love the pictures, the colours and the marigolds!

vineeta said...

Barnita, i agree with you.

Sara, thank you so much for saying what you did, it makes all the time I take out for the blog so worth it.

Priya, Coming from you it mens that much more. You directly inspire me to be more honest on my blog.

vineeta said...

Dithi, the bowl of red seeds does indeed have a story behind it :) It is said that little Krishna loved to play with the red seeds called kunnikkuru or manjadikkuru. So it is always there in every Krishna Temple or in any place like a bhagwat katha where his stories are told :)
It is funny, but it has taken me courage to share this post. The pictures and the words.

vineeta said...

Shri, 1st of all met me use this hance to say i love what you are doing at your blog, I love the photography nad the food in your blog. Most of it is food i grew up eating.
The pictures are from a morning Devi Pooja - normally Bhagawati Seva happens in the evening. But this one time the thirumeni's had done this separate Kalam in the morning immediately after the ganapathy homam. I will check with mom for more precise details.
And yes it is kunnikkuru :) I have a clearer picture of it and i think i will include it in this post :)

vineeta said...

Thank you blandina :)for always reading this blog & always encouraging me :)

Jaya said...

Vineeta… beautiful pictures. And yes.. can’t –absolutely can’t imagine any Indian tradition without Marigolds regardless of which region of the country we are from! Thanks for sharing!

deepali said...

what a coincidence.. During diwali we had been to indore where my in laws stay.. And we have tree of kunnikuru in our garden there. My 3.5 year old daughter was so fascinated to see these seeds that she has packed them in a small container and brought back to mumbai to show it to her friends. My FIL mentioned that each seed weighs exactly the same and in earlier times these seeds were used to measure gold.

bornfree said...

Very nice pictures and post ! They remind me of the yearly Saastha Preethi (Ayyappa festival) we used to go to. Now when I listen to the Ayyappa bhajans, they sometimes bring tears to my eyes. I love our 'villakku' (oil lamps) ; they are so beautiful. This Diwali I also felt like taking out my villakku and lighting it, felt so much closer to home :-) (I live in the US).

punit unisense said...

this is very nice...very divine environment!

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Chandan said...

These pictures are stunning Vineeta, filled with the light of tradition warmth and love. I just got so caught up with things that I was not able to be part of that Mora giveaway.. SO wanted to :(..
But thanks for bringing so much beauty and light into our everydays..

Slogan Murugan said...

Awesome. Wish I had some link with tradition to have known all this!

But never too late, you shall dig it all out for us!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

I do not come from a family where we followed too many traditions or were forced to follow too many rituals. Yet, we celebrated all festivals with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. I have such fond memories! Your images makes me smile and feel so nostalgic :)

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