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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

Ganesha at Home

Its been a couple of days since Ganesha came home, and its high time I shared Him with all of you.... Of course, considering that he stays home for ten full days, we have lots of time to share......

To begin with, this time, we decided to try our hand at making a Ganesha out of clay. Here are our combined outputs - the bigger one is obviously mine, but the smaller one is completely Samhith's effort....


Of course, this did not mean that we dispensed off with our regular clay idol from the market - we weren't too sure about how our handmade one would shape - so here is our very own small mandap with the market Ganesha being flanked by our very own smaller ones....


And then, here are the rest of our preparations for the puja -

My kolam (rangoli)

These are 21 types of leaves supposed to be considered very special for Ganesha....


Dhruva grass - the most sacred of all items for Ganesha (shall post the related story sometime, when I have more time ) and Tulsi leaves....


Bilva leaves and assorted flowers...(incidentally, we offer Bilva and tulsi to Ganesha only on this day...... )


And finally, the raison d'etre for the puja - the prasad.....Rice, Payasam, Kozhakattai (modaks), Vadai and Idli

Here's what the mandap looked after we finished the puja ... all of us took turns offering the flowers and leaves...

And that's just the beginning of the celebration. I am trying to post at least one pic of Ganesha everyday for the next 9 days... lets see how many I get to see!!!

Comments

  1. Lovely pictures Anu and I liked your and Samhith's effort a lot. Where did you learn it?

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  2. Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi greetings for you and your family.

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  3. hey,
    gr8 work yaar!!!!! i m booking a ganpati for next yr frm now, dnt say no!!!! one frm u n frm my darling k??????
    Kanthi

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  4. Very nice and nicely done! I think it is beautiful in every way.

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  5. @Mridula: Thanks... havent really learnt it.. wanted to make one since a long time.. and this time, you tube came to my aid... there are lots of step by step videos showing how to make them.. it was quite a surprise to find it so easy!!

    @Chitra: thanks so much and wish you too the same....

    @Kanthi: u will surely get one next year.. he has decided to give this one to sandhya..

    @Anon: thanks a lot!

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  6. luvly post anu :) and the ganeshas are beautiful

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  7. Lovely post Anu! Great pics too. =) Happy Ganesha Chaturthi greetings to you and your family.

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  8. Lovely pictures and a great post. I loved the prasadam too:)))

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  9. @Sandeep: thanks :)

    @Indu: thanks a lot! Wish you the same..

    @Julia: thanks.. the prasadam is the best part of our pujas, isnt it???

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  10. Hey! This is wonderful work! Never knew you could make all this with clay! I'm impressed! Wish I knew about this talent earlier; would have learnt from you :)

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