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