53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #34

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

Around every 32.5 months, the Hindu Calendar gets an extra month to keep the solar and lunar calendars aligned. It is traditionally called as Adhika Maasam (Adhika = Extra; Maasam = Month). This month's position along the calendar varies every time.

In 2020 this Adhika Maasam is called as Adhika Ashwini meaning the extra month falls after Ashwini Nakshatram (= Star) making it between September 18 and October 16 2020. This additional month did push out the biggest festivals of Hindus - Dusshera and Diwali - by a month. More about this month can be found here.

Although there are no special festivals or poojas during this month, people from each state follow their own rituals - Vrat or Fasting or small Poojas. My mom usually does some kind of pooja, but I had never done anything before during this extra month. However, this year I thought let me do it - for fun; for the belief that something good might come out of all this pandemic; and for hope that these mantras might aid. Who knows!

I did a mini pooja for Lord Krishna per guidelines from my family and extended family by offering 33 flowers; 33 dry fruit laddoos and reading a mantra 33 times. A simple procedure but felt nice doing it.

For this occasion I wore this Dark Brown pure Georgette saree with hand made white stone, sequins and thread work all along the saree paired with matching blouse having the same kind of work. I accessorized with large gold colored metal earrings and color-coordinated bangles on my wrists.

Here I am posing with the Radha Krishna cloth painting in my swing room.


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