Thursday, February 17, 2011

SALEKERI GENDA FESTIVAL

The image shows the decorated part of the Salekeri Temple....... all set for the annual festival.... lots of shops around for people to buy all kinds of stuff........ wanted or unwanted.......
After worshiping at the temple, the deity is carried in a PALLAKI....a wooden carrier, carried by two men on shoulder,....... in a procession with all paraphernelia to a distance of 1km to place called BADA SALEKERI.....followed by the temple priest, local higher ups in the society strata....... somayajis, varamballi's', bunts, shettigars.......... whatever people talk about caste, society...... the divide exists and the people accept it.........
After the pooja, seva from different communities......songs, keerthane, panch vadya, chande, dolu, sexafone, band set, dance performers, acrobats,....... and some more..... the procession leaves back and on the way...... every house presents a aarti to the deity...... and a shawl made of cotton made at home, called panji .... and this dipped in oil burned in front of the deity....... with the belief that the family will be blessed for the coming year....
Thur, 17 Feb

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