Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Puja for Patanjali

Last night (10/21/14) we attended the annual puja for Patanjali that began at 6:00 p.m.  The ceremony starts with about a dozen hindu brahmins chanting while the main priests prepare the blessing for Lord Patanjali - scribe of the yoga sutras. The chanting continued throughout the entire puja which lasted over 2.5 hours.  During this time the granite statue of Patanjali was washed and bathed in honey, milk, water, nectars, oils, etc. After full cleaned he was then adorned with a silver frontpiece and flowers.  It was quite and event. Afterwards we were fed by the priests. A 20-course meal was served on traditional banana leaves. You couldn't waste any food - but you could eat as much as you want. Sweets, salads, vegetable curries, rices, it was amazingly good and filling.  So ended our first day.  


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