Protecting your New House

In my last post, I mentioned a face in the background.  It was a red faced mask, hanging on a building. Here is another similar face.

Drishti Bommai closeup

These red faces appear on buildings all over Bangalore.  In Tamil they are known as Drishti Bommai.  I have also heard them described by Kannada speakers as Muneshwara.  They are hung on buildings during construction (as you can see in the next photo of an unfinished building in Nallurahalli).  They are intended to protect the builders and the future occupants, by warding off the Evil Eye.

Building site Nellurahalli

The next photo shows the roof of our driver’s house, built in 2012.

Red face on driver's houseThe final two photos show Drishti Bommai which haven’t been activated yet – I spotted them for sale at a roadside stall on 1 August.

Different Drishti Bommai

Side view of Drishti Bommai

Similar faces are painted on trucks – as in my post from 9 September 2012.

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Love them!
    Nice new banner, btw 🙂 Red and oranges really do it for me, lol.

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thanks!
      There are five or six banner photos now. I got bored with my snowy Irish fields, and added green Irish fields and a few Indian photos. I think they appear randomly. Try clicking on another post and see if the banner changes.

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      1. I should change mine… I’ve got a field of poppies that might work…

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you! I am enjoying the photos of Delhi on your blog.

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  2. nylonliving says:

    cool! They are kind of creepy looking but I guess you don’t want a happy face to ward off evil spirits.

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thanks. Yes I think they need to be scary!

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  3. Expat Eye says:

    Could do with a few of those here – plenty of evil eyes walking around 😉

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      From what I’ve seen on your blog, maybe you need a leopardskin version.

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      1. Expat Eye says:

        Ooooh, wouldn’t that be something! 🙂

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  4. We have one but a bit different – kept in our living room balcony warding (hopefully!) off all sorts of nasty stuff!! 🙂

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      So the Mumbai ones are different? Hope it keeps working for you!

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  5. A. Mittal says:

    Apparently you will find a lot other things used to protect the house in North India such as Horse shoe, a flat tyre and even a voodoo like doll 🙂

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Interesting. It’s good to hear that a flat tyre is useful to somebody.

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  6. Harsha says:

    Indeed they ward of the Evil Eyes and as A.Mittal said there are lot more things used all over India to ward of Evil Eyes.. 🙂

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