Monday, October 18, 2010

Car puja on Vijaya Dashami

A shot before we started our puja
On Saturday, 16 October, we did car puja for Hindu holy day Vijaya Dashami.  To bless various implements, tools, and vehicles, special pujas are performed.

We decorated the cars with flowers
Sheila putting sandal paste and cumcum on her steering wheel
Putting lemons in front of the tires and rolling over them, to symbolically demolish the evil eye, is part of the ritual.

In the end the ritual foods (prasadam) that were included in the blessing, are enjoyed by all.
It was fun doing this puja as a household, with Sheila.  And our guests Krishna and Raju also took part.

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