Sunday, October 6, 2013

NAVRATRI 2013 GET-TOGETHER

"Nava-ratri" literally means "nine nights." 

During Navaratri, we invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as "Durga," which literally means the remover of miseries of life. She is also referred to as "Devi" (goddess) or "Shakti" (energy or power). It is this energy, which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction. In other words, you can say that God is motionless, absolutely changeless, and the Divine Mother Durga, does everything. Truly speaking, our worship of Shakti re-confirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable. It cannot be created or destroyed. It is always there.

Karnataka will be celebrating its 403rd Navratri this year. Karnataka’s way of celebrating Navratri dates back to the times of Raja Wodeyar in the 1610. The way people spend these nine nights are absolutely historic in nature, for they follow the same trend which was followed by the great Vijayanagara dynasty. It’s called `Naada Habba’ in the state. However, the basic reason for the celebrations remains the same - victory of Goddess Durga over demon Mahishasur, who happened to be a resident of Mysore. The celebrations include procession of elephants on the streets. Fairs and exhibitions of handicrafts and artifacts are common feature.
Celebrations was in the form of get-together for lunch. Nalini cooked nice lunch and there was doddappa, doddamma, usha-suresh, sandhya, Shyla-uday and children, Sridhar Bidarhalli family, Purushotham Adiga family, Sridhar-Tara family....... Puliogare, Raagi haalu bai, and paayasa as special in the menu. Nalini's sister Vijaya from Kadiyali, Udupi was also there. 
Asha-Ramesh (Son and daughter-in-law of Sridhar Adiga) were presented with wedding gifts and all the ladies were given haldi-kumkum and a small gift.

Good feeling of get-together.

Monday, 7th October 2013

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