Dussehra – At Home

Our driver, Dayalan, celebrated the Hindu festival of Dussehra this week by performing a ritual for the vehicles and tools in our household, i.e. our car, my bicycle, the driver’s own motorcycle, and – for the first time – my camera.

Here are two photos of Dayalan performing the ritual. In the first he is holding a pumpkin. At the end of the ceremony he threw the pumpkin to the ground to break it in half, and then placed the two halves at the entrance to our driveway.

puja with pumpkin

In the second photo he is holding a coconut, which smashed beautifully at the end, more easily than the pumpkin. Can you see the banana leaves on the front of the car?  This year we used leaves from our own garden, instead of buying them.

puja with coconut

We have a beautiful garland of roses on the car now.

rose garland

Performing the ritual on Friday afternoon at 4.30pm served two purposes – it was an auspicious time, and it was late in the week, so the prices of flowers had dropped by 40 per cent.

flowers on front of car
We placed lemons under the wheels of the vehicles.  The final part of the ritual was driving over the lemons to smash them.  Almost impossible with my bicycle; tricky with the Suzuki motorbike; but dead easy with the big Toyota Fortuner.  Now we are ready for anything on the roads of Bangalore.

Related posts from 2012 and 2013:
2012 Dussehra – part 1 – the car

2012 Dussehra – part 2 my bike

2012 Dussehra – part 3 the offerings

2013 Dussehra – the Prequel

2013 Dussehra – On the Streets


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Just gorgeous! Dayalan did a great job of blessing for you 🙂 I adore the photos ~ Lakshmi x


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you. I was impressed with Dayalan too.
      We had sweets and snacks at the end, and shared them with our neighbours and the gardeners working in our street.


  2. We just missed it 😦 But we are getting ready for Diwali 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Happy Diwali!


  3. chirose says:

    How lovely… It looks so beautiful, the pumpkin, the fire, the flowers.!! Great photos as usual 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you! It was a beautiful day.


  4. Great Clicks Karolyn! You have captured the essence of the festival very well. We were in Bangalore (Yelahanka) for five years- 1999 till 2005. Never missed the Dushera celebrations at Mysore. In India, Dushera festivities at Mysore and Kullu (of Manali fame) are considered the grandest! Try and see the Mysore Dushera next year, if you haven’t as yet.


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you! No I have not been to Mysore yet, but I’ve heard great things about elephants and palaces.


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