The All-Age Ladies Poojais

“Appa, vara velli kizhamai nanna iruku pa, poojai ah vechikalam annike… Thalli poda venaam pa… Enna di Meenu, Sarasu sollarel??”
“Engaluku seri daan ma.. Anyday is fine for me… Naan college lerndhu permission potudaren…” πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹
“Di Meenu… 😣😣 ennoda office enna mamiyar veeduΒ  nu nanachiya chumma leave kuduka… Any day nu sollarai… Konjam iru ketu sollaren…”
“Adiye yen chella Akka… Unga director kitta sollu *Mami Mami one day leave kudungo Mami… Vena engathu suvasini poojai ki neengalum vango Madisar onnu free ah tharen* nu” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
“Ey over ah pogadha… She might be a tambrahm adhuku nu apdiya pesardhu..she is my mentor”
“Indha mental ku oru mentor vera… Seri seri… Seekram edo onnu solli leave kelu… Poojai pannina daan di un kazhuthula thali yerina daan en route clear aagum” 😁😁😁
“Amma iva vaaya moodindu iruka sollu Maa… 😬😬😬”

* It was all fixed, sarasu got her leave approved, which amma thought is totally ambaals blessings on all of us… Mamis and Kanyas were invited for the Suvasini and Kanya poojai on that Friday, being the auspicious Thai Velli Kizhamai.. We made all the arrangements for the 5 ladies And 5 little girls aged 5-9 yrs of age…. Our aasthana aathu chef Vaikunttham mama gave us appointment to cook at our place… (He cooks for all poojais and events in madi hence gives meeting appointment to Obama mama also very rarely na paarungolen… Naangal evalo kuduthu vechrukom!) *
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FRIDAY
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*4:30 am- Utthishta jagadaa dhaare..trailokyam mangalam kuru….*
Kamakshi suprabhatam by M.S.S Paati was being played in the living room.. Suddenly someone plugged into my ears, their headphones which played Eminem song….
It was my thambi Kicha 😁
Kicha, Chitti and Chittappa had come all the way from Chennai to participate in the function…. I was delighted coz Kicha and I as a team, made so much fun of Sarasu and our cousin Gayu akka… Sadly, Gayu akka could not come coz she had to attend her in-laws who had come to their place from Mannargudi…. Gayu akka promised to join us via skype that day….

“Sarasu, Meenu podavai kattindela di?? Aacha ennadhu help venumaaa??”
“Aachu chitti…. Idho naan vandhuten… Sarasu room kadhavu thattu chitti thoongi poirpal aval… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚”
“Illai chitti… Idho naan ready… Tulasi poojai panna ponen adhaan… Andha thookamunji Meenu daan innum ready aagiruka maata… Poi naalu potutu kutindu va chitti…. πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ ”
“Yei Meenu ennoda vesthi pathiya di, idhuku nu vangindu vandhen”
*aamam edo Ivan vandha suvasiniyal ku vethilai paaku thamboolam kudukapora madri la scene otaraan…*
“Meenu I heard your mind voice… Vandha yaaradhu mamis la oruthi en Nandini oda amma va irupa.. Nee vaena paaren πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹”
“Kudumi la malli poo vechi pinniduven…odiru…. 😝😝😝”

**Vaikuntham mama arrived with his Ak47 karandis and aapais on his TVS50**
The aroma of melting jaggery with that of roasting of sambar masalas, paruppu vadai and fresh clarified butter mixed with the scent of fresh malli poo maalais delivered at our doorstep by Anwar bhai and the smell of warm smoke of sambrani from the pooja room filled our house…. Somehow, it felt like being in a temple’s fest…..

Mamis, along with their kanya grand daughters and mamas started coming home one after the other….
“Meenakshi andha paai ah virichacha?? Mami ki laam chair podu…. Mamas ku unnodu room la match paarka Kicha arrange pannirukan avaala anga azhaichundu po… Seriya? ”
“Seri ma… ”
**aiyo ennodu room daana noku kadachuthu match ku πŸ˜’πŸ˜’ ? Seri, anga clean ah daan iruku… En room locker ah modhalla pootanum adha pannitu varen**

Sarasu ushered all the mamis and kanyas to the Pooja hall, after amma-appa, chitti and chittappa washed their feet.
Mamis were given new pattu madisars and the little girls were given pattu pavadais, which chitti specially brought from Kanjivaram…

“Mami neenga laam en kooda vango change panna ore room daan iruku.. Ungaluku aakshyabanai illena please Inga change pannikongo…”
“Meena, we are 5 ladies, idhula 2-3 people don’t know how to tie.. So we will all change it together so that one can help the other…”
“Aiyo Mami… How? 😡😡”
“It’s alright ma”
OK OK… As you say!
Mamis went into the room for changing… Suddenly there was an unexpected powercut… One Mami shouted alarikattifyingly….
I ran into the room with an emergency lamp πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Anga paatha daan terinjudhu…. While tying the madisar, due to power cut and no light, Saroja Mami took Raji mamis madisar’s kosham and thinking it is hers, she tucked it…. Raji Mami on the search for her kosham bent down and when she took it Saroja Mami fell down with a thud on Janaki mamis feet… Janaki Mami thought it was some cat or something that fell and alari kattifyingly shouted πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Luckily none were hurt and the power was also restored!
*Ambaals grace you see*
Madisar kattindu mamis group groupa selfie vera eduthunda 😝😝 along with me also one or two mamis took selfies and sending them to each other on WhatsApp, mamis slowly came out and sat on their aasanams…
Mamis were then given mettis to wear… They wore that also….
Appa-Amma, Chitti-Chittappa did the Shodasha upachara poojas to these Suvasinis, equating them to Goddess Gowri…. Suvasini poojai successfully got over…
It was turn for the Kanya poojai now…
We gave the little girls aged 5-9 Pattu pavadais, dressed them up and made them sit on chairs… Just like suvasini poojai, our parents and chitti-chittappa performed kanya poojai to them, equating them to Bala Tripura Sundari, the 9 yr old goddess….
We were all very happy seeing the kids so silently seated and accepting all the poojais being done to them… They were amused at everything… Some looked at each other and giggled while some others were looking at their bangles and other accessories and compared with each other – little girls you see…
It was time to give them some more goodie bags for being so cooperative… Sarasu handed over to each of them pink princess bags with all Disney princess stationery, chocolates and some cute toy…. The girls took them and opened to see what they were given…
Appo varai chamatha irundha kozhandel kutty rakshasis ah maara aramchuduthu… They started fighting for their favorite princess… One said she wants the one with blue frock while one more said that’s her favorite too and she would not give it to anyone at any cost….
*Kichaaa come here for some aid da… See these kids..they are so adamant… Take them to that store and get them what ever they want…*
“Saras Akka wait, I have a trick up my sleeve…wait and watch 😎”
** Hey beautiful princesses in pattu pavadais.. Come with me… See I have a nice camera… I will take your pictures and make you look like real princess… Come here**
-The girls followed their Kicha anna-
Don’t know what Kicha told, but the girls came back silent calling themselves with the names of Indian princesses….
“Kicha apdi enna da panninei?”
“Meenu, adhuku daan mandai la irukara kidney ah appapo velai panna veikanum… You should watch cartoons and know how to deal with kids… I clicked their pix, gave them a historical name and told them that they are real princesses… They felt happy and posed for more pix 😝😝 ”
” Peru ku yetha vithai vechrukai da nee” πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

It was time for lunch… Amma Appa and Chitti Chittappa, who were in their respective madisars and panchagajam only had to serve the suvasinis and kanyas… We were in the kitchen helping with refilling the dishes….
Gayu Akka was calling me over Skype and I put it on a video call…
“Gayu… Gayu…. Noku oru maatuponna paathu vechruken di… Sriram ku seriyaana Jodi na paaren πŸ˜‚”
“πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ yaarri adhu?”
“Andha light blue pavadai la ukandruku paaren, chamatha ketu vangi sapdradhu paaru… ”
“Aiyo romba cute ah iruku di πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ andha kondhai…. Ippove vena naa engathula vechundu valathikaren di…”
“Yei meenu, Gayu Akka enna di pesikarel?? ”
“Sriram ku oru ponnu pathu vechrukom da Kicha.. Andha blue pavadai iruke adhaan”
“Aiyo andha kondhaiya… Adhu hachi nu thumminaale Sriram vizhunduduvan di.. Adhu kutty rakshashi… Adhu kitta you are Rani of Jhansi nu sonnen, appo en kudumiya potu izhuthu enna potu naalu chaathu chaathithu… Ippove ipdi na Gayu Akka oda nilamai, Sriram pavam di venam 😨 ”
“Gayu indha Rani of Jhansi daan di unaku yetha maatuponnu” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
“Seri seri naan ratri varen..ippo poi mamiyar kuda shopping ponum.. Tata… ”
“Vaa da Kicha nama sapda povom.. Pasikardhu”
“Naan already saptachu mamas oda…nee kelambu” πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹
* Sarasu and I did namaskaram to all the Suvasinis and Kanyas, giving them their packets of thamboolam, only to be blessed “Sarasu ku indha varusham kalyanam, adutha varusham same Thai velli kizhamai un kalyanam sapadu sapduvom naanga” and the kanyas nodded*
“Adhu yen di meenu, eppo paaru iva laam unnoda kalyanathulaye kuriya iruka…”
“Dei Kicha, Meenu kalyanam pannindalo illiyo, vitta nee nalike maalaiyum kazhuthuma varuvei pola… Ennoda pethi oruthi iruka da.. Ava Peru vandhu… ”
“Nandini ah mama? 😁😁😁😁”
“Illai da… Ava Peru Snigdha… LLB pannindruka… Future la noku vaena parkalam…”
“Peru la enna iruku mama… πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ ”
Finally, the poojai and all got over and as we relaxed, Appa’s phone rang…
It was the Chennai guy’s Appa who had called up to inform that they were coming for the “ponnu paarkal” on the Sunday….
“Sarasu kalyana… Vaibhogame…. ” all of us sang in chorus…

**All Ambaals Grace**

P. S. – Suvasini poojai and kanya poojai are performed to the divine feminine power, Shakti, in the form of a married woman- Gowri and Kanya poojai to Bala, who is shakti as a 9yr old girl, who hasn’t reached her puberty yet… These poojas are performed with utmost care by the couple, providing all the materials like saree, bangles, toe rings, mangalya sutram, gold coin, thamboolam, flowers, fruits etc… And to the little girls, materials such as pattu pavadai, bangles and other such accessories are given… 16 upachara Pooja with dhoopa deepa neivedyam are given to them and without seeing their age or anything, one is supposed to kneel down and touch their feet seeking their blessings…
Indian culture equates and respects every woman as Goddess… It is indeed beautiful!
Wishing you all a very Happy Pongal

Love
Meenu a.k.a Aarya

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