What do you do with a sackful of flowers in Bangalore this week? Celebrate the festival of Dussehra (also called Dasara).
At this festival people honour the tools that they use in your home or at work. Anything from a sewing machine to a tractor to a laptop, even a camera.
My photos of last year’s Dussehra appear in a series of three blogposts, starting here.
This year, our driver is planning a puja for the vehicles on Friday, so I don’t have photos of our own ceremony yet. Instead, here are the supplies that you need for the puja, on sale from roadside vendors on Whitefield Main Road.
If you are doing a puja for the car, you need banana leaves to decorate the front of the vehicle.
Then you need offerings of fruit and leaves.
And pumpkins to be smashed.
This ceremony means a lot to our Hindu driver; and to me it is a symbol of the anniversary of my husband’s job in Bangalore, and of our driver working for us.