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happy (belated) diwali…

Festival of Lights…

Happy Diwali!…a bit late by a week or so i know…
Diwali is one of the most well-known of the Hindu festivals. The word means rows of lighted lamps and for the occasion houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas. It’s a bit like Christmas i gues and lasts for 5 days.
Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people’s homes.

Apparently it’s a time for: spring-cleaning the home, wearing new clothes, exchanging gifts (often sweets and dried fruits) and preparing festive meals, decorating buildings with fancy lights and huge firework displays…

In our village of Buddavaram crackers and fireworks are going off all night, people stand outside their homes with sparklers and the temples and houses are flecked in the darkness with tea lights…It’s lovely…

gannavaram and multiconfessional temples…

Took an auto rickshaw taxi to Gannavaram…here are some of the people who shared it…

The ladies of Venus fancy goods store, Gannavaram washing pan leaves. They can be chewed and are a mild stimulant, but they also use them to wraps hand made sweets…

Up the road from Venus…I love this temple, it covers the Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths…

The sign tells us it’s the Gannavaram temple, the address and it’s benefactors…

the neem tree…

The Neem tree is a big deal in these parts, worshipped by the Hindus and also revered for its healing antiseptic properties…everybody has a use for it…from cleaning their teeth with the twigs, to using the sap from the leaves for small wounds…to an anti dandruff treatment…Below Malathi tells the whole story why it is so revered, and how she uses it in her life.

The banana tree in an embrace with the neem tree outside a Hindu temple in Buddavaram