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Jainarayan

ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
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Friday is our day these days, so I was probably at this temple while you were at that one. Friday here is nice because there's often 4 or 5 people, which is better than none at all, but far nicer than a crowd (for us). Glad you made it to a sacred space.

I got there just about 10:00. I really did and do feel good about it. I'm usually off on Tues. and Thurs. or Wed. and Thurs. Since I have my morning routine 5 days/week, early as it is, I'll try to hold to it even on my days off. There were only a few people there this morning. I saw one husband and wife couple and just a few women and one other man. I don't think there were many more than at your temple. I put a mask on because there is a sign to wear one. When I walked in and my friend saw me she said "take that thing off!". :D Then I noticed neither she, nor the priests were wearing them. Only one or two people were wearing them. So, with teertha again, no masks, no theater ropes for direction of walking, and prasad downstairs it's pretty much business as usual. Dhanyavāda Bhagavan! :praying:
 

Vinayaka

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I got there just about 10:00. I really did and do feel good about it. I'm usually off on Tues. and Thurs. or Wed. and Thurs. Since I have my morning routine 5 days/week, early as it is, I'll try to hold to it even on my days off. There were only a few people there this morning. I saw one husband and wife couple and just a few women and one other man. I don't think there were many more than at your temple. I put a mask on because there is a sign to wear one. When I walked in and my friend saw me she said "take that thing off!". :D Then I noticed neither she, nor the priests were wearing them. Only one or two people were wearing them. So, with teertha again, no masks, no theater ropes for direction of walking, and prasad downstairs it's pretty much business as usual. Dhanyavāda Bhagavan! :praying:

We are mask optional since August 1. I wore mine for awhile and still do if it's very crowded, but not on days like today. Prasadam and Sunday lunch are take away only. The crowds are coming back, but still not to where it was pre-Covid.

On a side note, it's been over a year since I started making garlands weekly. It still hasn't froze here yet (unusual) and we have lots off marigolds besides the regular standing order. So that's fun.
 

Jainarayan

ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
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We are mask optional since August 1. I wore mine for awhile and still do if it's very crowded, but not on days like today. Prasadam and Sunday lunch are take away only. The crowds are coming back, but still not to where it was pre-Covid.

On a side note, it's been over a year since I started making garlands weekly. It still hasn't froze here yet (unusual) and we have lots off marigolds besides the regular standing order. So that's fun.

I think when cold season arrives and it gets crowded, though I don't foresee crowds in the morning, I'll probably wear a mask.

I've wanted to try my hand at garland-making but I don't know how much time it would take me before they dried up. :D I would just make a small one for my murti of Sri Krishna on my altar. It's not big, maybe 11-12" tall. I would use the tiny carnations. I get flowers at the supermarket fairly cheap ... $5.69/bunch of 8-10 or 3/$15. Carnations last forever, so I get 25-30 for $15. They used to cheaper. but ... :rolleyes:
 

Vinayaka

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I think when cold season arrives and it gets crowded, though I don't foresee crowds in the morning, I'll probably wear a mask.

I've wanted to try my hand at garland-making but I don't know how much time it would take me before they dried up. :D I would just make a small one for my murti of Sri Krishna on my altar. It's not big, maybe 11-12" tall. I would use the tiny carnations. I get flowers at the supermarket fairly cheap ... $5.69/bunch of 8-10 or 3/$15. Carnations last forever, so I get 25-30 for $15. They used to cheaper. but ... :rolleyes:
I use mini-carns and the standing order is 20 bundles of 10 stems each at Canuck $7 a bunch. A few friends chip in with the cost. It's a soothing and creative activity. The marigolds probably double the total length, so today was 10 total with the longer ones around 4 feet, and shorter ones about a foot. Definitely adds some vibe.
 

Aupmanyav

Be your own guru
Btw, I possibly found out why temples close during midday. I asked my friend if it was some astronomical or astrological thing (like closing during eclipses). She said that it's been done in India like that since forever because it's so hot at midday. She said it may just be a practical tradition and carryover here.
It is afternoon siesta, friend*. Are Gods and Goddesses not entitled to it after a busy morning session? Vishram - no labor. Then in the evening, after bhoga, it will be 'Shayana', sleep. Gods are in our image.

* Wanted to say 'how stupid of you not to understand this!' :D
 

JustGeorge

Not As Much Fun As I Look
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We are mask optional since August 1. I wore mine for awhile and still do if it's very crowded, but not on days like today. Prasadam and Sunday lunch are take away only. The crowds are coming back, but still not to where it was pre-Covid.

On a side note, it's been over a year since I started making garlands weekly. It still hasn't froze here yet (unusual) and we have lots off marigolds besides the regular standing order. So that's fun.

Things are starting to get cold here; trying to come up with ideas for puja flowers that might do well with in a window(and being looked after someone with poor gardening skills). We tried mums in the window last year, but they didn't do well.
 

Aupmanyav

Be your own guru
Cold season brings flowers to Indian gardens. President's House.

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JustGeorge

Not As Much Fun As I Look
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I shiver just by looking at it.

It makes me a little sad to know that's what life will look like in a few short months... but I guess it goes away again, too.

Not many outdoor flowers to be found through fall and winter. They start to appear again in mid spring.
 

Jainarayan

ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
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It is afternoon siesta, friend*. Are Gods and Goddesses not entitled to it after a busy morning session? Vishram - no labor. Then in the evening, after bhoga, it will be 'Shayana', sleep. Gods are in our image.

* Wanted to say 'how stupid of you not to understand this!' :D

:D Y’know, I realized that afterwards. It gets hot in the Mediterranean countries and Central America at midday. I should have thought of it but sometimes the simplest ideas are not so obvious. Occam’s Razor … the simplest answer is usually the correct one. :D
 

Vinayaka

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Things are starting to get cold here; trying to come up with ideas for puja flowers that might do well with in a window(and being looked after someone with poor gardening skills). We tried mums in the window last year, but they didn't do well.
That's a tough one. We have a larger jasmine plant that blooms sporadically, and it gets very little sun. But that's about where it ends. Mums are good for the number of petals.
 

JustGeorge

Not As Much Fun As I Look
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That's a tough one. We have a larger jasmine plant that blooms sporadically, and it gets very little sun. But that's about where it ends. Mums are good for the number of petals.

Jasmine's pretty. Wonder if I could manage one in here...
 

Aupmanyav

Be your own guru
The daughter-in-law thanks the mother-in-law for begetting her husband, and the mother-in-law thanks the daughter in law for begetting grand-children or in hope that it will be done soon. That is why exchange of gifts. :D
 

Aupmanyav

Be your own guru
Family Lakshmi Puja today. Pann, special to Kahmiri brahmins. So no, not much of a usual breakfast today. The kitchen cannot be polluted by normal cooking, just bread and butter, and whatever packed snacks. No tea with the breakfast.
The women - wife, daughter, daughter-in-law along with kitchen-expert son-in-law are all engaged in making the prasada, Roth, Sweet thick fried, fat-heavy (Ghee) bread. This has to be done with very carefully weighed ingredients, as left by my deceased uncle to my wife, otherwise they will not come out well and break.
After the sweet ones have been prepared (which would be sent to close relatives also), I may get my cup of tea. This will be followed by making salty 'Roths', which is not a part of prasada and is easier to make. Well, I could have made coffee with the percolator. But then, in North India, coffee is no substitute for tea.
After this, a short Puja, the recitation by my wife of a very childish story as to how Mother Lakshmi helped kings and commons in the past and that she should continue to help us in the same manner. But that is the tradition. :)

Well, went to teh Bhai Dooj gathering yesterday hosted by my nephew according to a rotating list. Nice snacks, not very nice food. Missed some members because of illness and a death, of a cousin younger than me. Some things in life have to be tolerated.

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Two daughter at the back, two daughters-in-laws in the front, and three other fat daughters-in-law.
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The young ones. Missing my elder grandson and grand daughter. Well, if the girl with the headphone comes up OK, needs to jettison some of her baby fat, she could be the one for my grandson. :)
The girl standing against the wall is tall and beautiful, a grand niece. She has completed her MBA and has taken up a job recently. May the deities bless her.
 
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Vinidra

Jai Mata Di!
If I'm not mistaken, I believe today is Vasant Panchami, Saraswati puja day.

This is a pretty special day for me because Saraswati is the deity who helped me become a Hindu. I believe she was there for me my whole life, behind the scenes, making sure I was taken care of. I do my best now to pay her back for it.

Happy Saraswati Puja, friends!
 

Jainarayan

ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
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I feel the same way. I think it was Saraswati and Hanuman who brought me fully to Hinduism.

As usual I miss festivals and special pujas, and this was no different. But Mā Saraswatī has been helping me with my guitar playing. Over the past three years my playing has improved greatly due to her help. The other night I decided to try a song that had been eluding me for 14 years. It's Bad Company by Bad Company. I finally learned how to play it, due to Mā Saraswatī’s help. I’ll never believe otherwise that she’s been helping me, and helped me finally get that song. I think in this case she gave me a gift on her day.

Dhanyavāda Bhagavatī.
 
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