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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

Paraphernalia for Indian rituals.. some of them.....

Our first outing of the year was to Jalgaon where we attended a havan and a puja. An auspicious beginning to the new year, wouldn't you say?

Considering that we perform so many rituals ourselves at home, I have always been fascinated by all the paraphernalia that we use for them. I used the opportunity at Jalgaon to click pics, not of the puja itself, which everyone else was doing,  but of the preparations for the puja..........

Here is the puja site.. all ready and prepared....


That's the havan kund.. where the fire will be lit...



Here are the essentials - water, haldi(turmeric), kumkum, chandan...etc. etc. etc...
i love that kamadalu-like vessel with the spout.. Don't know its correct name.... look at the tiny different shaped wooden articles next to it. They are used for the havan for making the offerings...



Fruits and flowers... and the spoons used for the havan... again, sorry, but the names elude me.



The Kalash - the central item....



and finally, the sacred fire....





For those of you who think this is too much, next time, I shall click pics at my mother's place of her puja.. you will be stunned by the number and variety of things she uses!!!


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  1. Good to see the prep. Its also critical to understand significance of each puja, which we never care about

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  2. I thought the Purnakumbha (the earthern pot filled with water with fresh leaves of the mango tree and a coconut placed on the top) is also important.

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  3. Am always fascinated by the amt of stuff we need for a simple puja or homam!!

    the number of vessels[ gramma will have me up late at nite, sitting next to the cupoboards, pulling out stainless steel vessels, some of her mom's silver wares and wot nots].. but its something i look fwd to, quite enjoy it!! :)

    and the bells.. small cups... the havan[earlier it was couple of bricks] n sitting platforms[palagais] n so much more!!

    But what i wanna know is why we use them all.. significance... what the point... no one knows that :(

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  4. Yes, shrinidhi... very true... we spend hours on pujas, but few of us know the significances... am planning to write a series on the details... dont know when, though!:)

    Special thanks to you Celine.... i hadnt even realise that the last two pics hadnt uploaded properly!!!! so the kalash is there....

    and well, Aarti, as you say, i am the one to get the stuff ready, so am really fascinated by the variety of stuff we use, though i dont really know the exact significance too.... i was hesitant to write what i did know, 'cause i was scared of writing something unverified... so, another post shall follow with the significance of the pujas.......... once my mom and m-i-l are back, so i can cross check with them :-)

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  5. Nice to see another way of pooja arrangement different from what we follow.

    the vessel with the spout is called Kindi. In olden days, in many of the Kerala homes, water filled kindis will be kept near the entrance for the visitors to wash their leg before entering.

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  6. Thanks Jayasree..yes,i did wonder if it was what we call a 'gindi'.. but the one i have looks somewhat different, except the spout!

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  7. It is nice to see pictures and read bits about your culture. Your pictures are great, but mostly now I would like to read more about the pictures.

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