Thursday, July 26, 2012

Varalakshmi Vratam

Tomorrow is the Varalakshmi Vratam which is a puja observed typically on the second Friday of the Shravan month of the Indian Calendar.

My mother in law particularly loved this one. She always used to decorate the goddess' idol very lovingly with all her artistic skills imbibed and also adorn it with various types of jewellery, both expensive and fancy.

Every year since we moved, we've done this together, once at their place in Hyderabad and the rest of the years in our place here.

Every year, her health declined progressively.

Every year, she used to breathe a sigh of relief after the puja was over and thank the goddess for giving her enough strength to sit through it for yet another year. In 2010 too, she made all the traditional food items like gaarelu and boorelu (this she used to make just for me, since I loved them).

Last year though, she was not able to even start it. In the middle of the cooking, she sort of lost her strength and just had to sit in one place. I finished the rest of the cooking (I still remember the yucky semiya payasam I made - it was my first time) and did the puja while she watched from a chair at the back.

I could see how this broke her from inside. Every year, it was a measure of her strength in her assessment. Last year she failed it. After that puja, she alluded to how this maybe her last one in some vague terms.

And how sadly true it turned out to be :(

Tomorrow also happens to be Subhash's birthday by birthdate. Both my Mom and Dad were born on the puja day so it's both their birthdays too, the son also finishes 34 months tomorrow.


SS Rama Rao said...

From Maa side it's all over.Now it's your turn to continue the legacy and tradition for the health & prosperity of family

SS Rama Rao said...

Touching recollections.Its all over.Now its turn of you to continue the legacy & tradition for the prosperity of family-nanna

anonymouse said...

It is great that you keep up with traditions. Nowadays people seldom respect our core traditions and very readily distance themselves from some of these traditions (Especially if they have been to US)

DivSu said...

@SS Rama Rao - thank you Naanna!
@anonymouse - I don't think I can claim to be keeping up with traditions, if anything, I am extremely lazy when it comes to following them :)

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