In Tamil Nadu, 4 Days and Nights of Pongal + A Child’s Way

  
 Overnight, elaborate  RONGOLIS, drawn with brilliant colored powder, appeared  in front of village houses and shops: the  great  Harvest and Thanksgiving feast of Pongal, Day 2. 
  
  At the ashram cowshed: Pongal altar, and Shantivanam ‘s young prior, with the pujari on the left.  

  

After this  chanting and blessing with fire – aarti (arathi/arathi/aarti) – of the Pongal Rice…  

  …Sister Mercy, Ananda ashram’s St Francis, performed the ritual Pongal Rice feeding. 
And afterwards,we humans enjoyed the sweet rice. Amma- Sister Mary Louise – shared hers with 6.5-yr-old Abishish.

Earlier, he had been the attentive attendant bell-ringer as his dad and the pujari  blessed the cows.  


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When he’d had enough, Abishish became full-on 6.5 years old again.

Towards sunset, I heard him ask for Amma’s blessing.

And so it goes!   

 

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathleen Hynes
    Jan 16, 2016 @ 18:35:52

    Fabulous art and colors which I will share with my art class tomorrow.

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  2. Sara MacDwyer
    Jan 16, 2016 @ 19:06:53

    Oh Mary Ellen–What an amazing world you occupy at the moment. Thank you, Sara

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