Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ANOTHER TRIP TO OORU (NATIVE PLACE)

The idea of going to ooru is quite mesmerizing..... the smell of the soil (mannina vasane), the place where you were born and brought up, played around, nearby places you went, relations you visited for various family functions.... relations who were fond of and no more.......nostalgia of those days comes to memories.....
Driving to Birthi, Salekeri, near Udupi ( a distance of 430 Km from Bangalore) with brother and sister Nagaveni....and of course, wife Nalini....... to attend series of functions...... House warming, Chandika Homa, Upanayana, Wedding, Salekeri Habba, (Festival)....... etc etc..... a long list.... Driving is not a strain, but it's pleasure....
Salekeri Habba, annual festival in the local temple, with...... GENDA, traditional walk on the coal fire, and the next day DHAKKE BALI, offering of dance with music and singing ...................
to the Deity DURGAPARAMESHWARI.....
My father used to be the temple priest when I was young,,  I used to participate in the fest..... by offering pooja, breaking coconuts or simply giving prasada..... blessings from God...... and the of course, fun and frolic....
It's great feeling of going back to roots after almost 40 years...... nostalgia of younger days.....
Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011.

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