Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Navarathri aka Golu time in Bay Area
After a hectic weekend of getting special other's parents settled here, i have atlast found the time to blog. Although, i don't celebrate all the Hindu festivals here, i get the feeling that maybe writing about such events would help me soak in the festive spirit and that should suffice.
It is Navarathri time, today being the first day of the 9 days that the Goddess Parvathi battles to kill the demon and wins on the 10th day Vijayadasami meaning "Victory on 10th day" . This is an important event in South India, especially for the women. Colorful dolls and clay statues of Indian Gods, common folk etc are neatly arranged on wooden or steel mounted steps "padis". Varieties of sundal are made on the nine days and neighbours and friends are invited to view the golu and take vethala paaku.
Even though, its hard for me to become enthusiastic and interested in the golu, its fascinating to note all the available resources for the interested bay area desi woman who wants to have a golu at her place.
KV aka Komala Vilas restaurant on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale have opened a sale of golu idols that have been shipped from India. Pictures from KV's website are the ones posted here.
Friends have already called to make invitations to visit their home for vethala paaku on Friday and during the weekend. The local Sunnyvale Hindu Community Center temple has Lalitha Sahasranamam chanting from 6 pm in the evenings and daily dance performances by the several competing dance schools here in the area.
Isn't this so close to living in India-having the best of both worlds. I am sure that several other cities that have a siginificant number of Indians like New Jersey in the east coast, Austin/Dallas in Texas etc have their own Indian community, but by far, having lived in the east coast for 3 years, my observation is that bay area has the best of all the flavours.