February 26th, 2020


53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #6

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

Maha Sivaratri, the festival celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva, fell on February 21st this year. Typically one fasts all day for the festival spending time in chants, breaking fast after sun goes down. Most of them continue to stay awake all night typically watching devotional movies or participating in bhajans; a process called as Jagaran (= being awake all night). If you cannot stay awake all night, at least till the midnight clock strikes, people try to stay awake. 

Lord Siva is my favorite god amongst all the Hindu gods and goddesses we have. So when I couldn’t celebrate this festival past two years, it always left a gap within me. This year finally I was able to do it, including the pooja, fasting, temple visit and jagaran till midnight. Utterly pleased I was, body, mind and soul, all inclusive.

I never pass up an opportunity where I can drape myself in sarees. Naturally for this festival also I did the same. This time I draped this multi-hued Uppada Pattu (= Silk) with yellow silk blouse. My very first post in this series talks a bit more in-detail about Uppada Silk Sarees. So will not bore you all again here.

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