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Old Oct 8, 2010, 9:35 AM   #1
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It is festival time in India, with Navratri (nav - nine; ratri - night) starting today and culminating in Vijayadasami on the 10th day. The 10-day period is also called Dasara (spelt differently in different parts of India).

The festival is to worship the three main Goddesses of Hindu faith - Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi, three days each. Women and children visit friends in the neighborhood and to make it interesting, make arrangement of idols and dolls. The display varies according to one's interest - the rich homes with preoccupied people may have a simple display, but a poor house with interested children may have a splendid display including miniature parks, gardens, etc.

The eighth day, marked for Saraswathi, the Goddess of Learning, is a happy day for school going children, as they are asked to keep all their learning media (text books, pens, etc.) in worship, not to be touched for the next two days!

The festival is celebrated with great fervour in Mysore, where the entire palace is illuminated in a grand manner and music concerts and cultural entertainment are arranged by the government for the public. This is a good time to visit Mysore. Calcutta is also known for this festival, which is celebrated as Durga Pooja there.

A sample (and simple) arrangement of dolls in my house is shown below. It is customary to add at least one new item to the display every year. The new addition is also shown below.



This year's addition: the bronze-smith. Can you locate this in the picture above?

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Old Oct 8, 2010, 9:36 PM   #2
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Raghu, this is a very interesting story. Thank you for educating us about your culture! Your photos are not bad either . Great colors and detail. This is with the FZ35?
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I agree 100% with Saly-

Many thanks, Raghu, for sharing a bit of your culture with us. Great photos by the way.

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And I'll agree with Saly and Sarah Joyce. Thanks for sharing this. The photos are great and yes, I could find the Bronze Smith in the photo.

Thanks for posting, Raghu.

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Most welcome, it was my pleasure sharing with you all. Saly, I have an FZ-28.
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Good Job Raghu
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