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.

This particular saree is made of five different colors, the light cream forms the very inner layer and the pallu (= decorated end of the saree that comes over the shoulder), followed by blue, red, yellow and finally purple. The purple forms the major part of the saree that goes around you, the blue, red and yellow for the pleats. The whole arrangement gives it a half-saree model, which is another traditional wear in India. I might add a few of them in this series.

The blouse has fine thread and mirror work with two tassels in the back ending in beads and stones. 

I accessorized it with a necklace made of pearls and gold pendant, a two layered beaded gold chain with matching earrings, glass bangles on both wrists and pearl finger ring with chains. One thing that stood out for me was the blouse had become at least an inch looser than what it was when I wore last time. Looks like all the workout I have been doing since past month or so is working. Woo! Hoo!

As always, it is a pleasure to celebrate any festival, Indian or Western, and deck myself for a photo op, anywhere anytime. :)


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