Durga puja – rikki (9)

A smoky scent fills the crisp air and the muffled drumming sound gets louder and louder as you walk towards the Puja tent. As you enter, people in beautiful saris and kurtas crowd around the idol of the goddess Ma Durga. A priest walks around giving each person flowers to offer to the great goddess. The tent immediately silences once the priest starts the prayers. He speaks the prayers. The crowd copies him, closing their eyes and clasping fresh flowers. After the prayers, young men start to play dhaak, and everyone is dancing or giving sincere offerings to the goddess to thank her for giving everybody a nice year. After the ceremony, the kids gather with their friends and play. Their parents smile and eat the prasad given in the back of the tent while chatting with each other. Everybody has a great time playing and watching dramatic plays.

As the morning turns to afternoon, kids find benches and wait while until their parents buy hot lunch and bring it back to the bench. They all eat tasty khichuri and crunchy papad with delight. Everybody relaxes till evening when the sun goes down and the glistening moon replaces it. When that happens the drum’s beat motivates you to dance and dance. All of the kids seize their chance and rush to the lush field of grass to play tag, football, and soccer. Parents dance to the beat of the music while others pray. As evening turns to night people rush to the food stalls and buy fresh mutter samosa with sweet and spicy chutney. Kids locate their mothers and fathers and eat.

Later they go to the tent to pray to Ma Durga, Ganesh, Lakshmi, Kartik and Saraswati. The are embellished in shining gold and the glistening jewels look marvellous. All of the gods have a different personality and by looking at them you can tell what kind of personality they have. India has a beautiful personality so let us let our personality show as well as the gods do.


Have an awesome puja.


About ronrik

Ronny, born in New York, is interested in piano, chess, soccer and reading. (Intense!) Rikki, born in San Jose, loves monkeys, soccer, drums, art, legos and wildlife! (Dude!)

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