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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

Ganesh Chaturthi at mom's place

Since we are not performing the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at home this year, I am sharing images from the celebrations at my mom's place.. All photos have been clicked by my sister, Kanthi. 

Celebrations begin with prayers to Gauri, a day before Ganpati arrives. 



It is believed that Gauri, or Parvati, has a fight with Lord Shiva and comes to her maternal home on earth. Shiva immediately regrets the fight, and sends Ganesha to bring her back. They stay on earth for a few more days, and return to heaven together. The number of days they stay depends on various factors, such as family traditions and convenience!



An image of Gauri is made with sand wrapped up tight in a cloth, eyes, ears, nose and mouth pained on the cloth, and decorated to resemble the goddess. These days, a brass figure of the goddess has replaced the sand, so that it can be re-used. 


Since Gauri is beleived to be the daughter of the house, she is offered lots of stuff.. from flowers and fruits to things for her to take back to her home. After the puja, all those articles are given to a married daughter, in this case, me. 

Ganesha arrives the next day...


Usually, only one idol of the Lord is placed, but ours is a home filled with Ganesha idols, so almost every single one finds itself on the podium! The big brass idol has replaced the clay one, for eco-friendly reasons, while the smaller one is a very special one. It shows the Ganesha in our favourite temple in Delhi. The third and smallest one is the one I made this year... with a mixture of clay, sandalwood powder, haldi (turmeric), kumkum, vibhuthi (ash) and rosewater. 


Here are the offerings....


And the whole range of edible offerings which are for the Lord, but enjoyed by the devotees!!



And a view of the whole arrangement..


This year, both, Gauri and Ganesha had a special and surprise offering too... the Brahma Kamal plant in the house bloomed for the first time!!!


A special celebration indeed!!!

I had originally planned to attend the puja at my mom's place to compensate for not doing the puja myself, but as it turned out, I enjoyed the festival morning on the beach!!! Thanks to my sister, Kanthi for the virtual delight!!

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  1. reached here from Mridulas space! The post has this nice homely touch abt it!

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    1. Thanks Meena!!! Been seeing you regularly on Mridula's blog. Hope to see u here more often too :D

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    2. The Brahma kamal is indeed a rare offering for the Lord. You have sculpted a beautiful image of Ganesha. Lovely pics, Anu.

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