Sunday, November 30, 2014

Aalekh _ !! Hey Priest, Your Banana dropped off !!

"Slup of the Ting"

..One can hear the Satya Narayan Puja being performed @ Aalekh's residence.

(Satyanarayana Puja is performed to Srimann Narayana, another manifestation form of Lord Vishnu. Lord Satyanarayana is considered as an embodiment of Truth. Also, Satyanarayan swamy, is a benevolent form of Lord Vishnu, and the Puja is performed to fulfill all the desires of the Couple who are performing the puja).

Aalekh's parents are the couple who will perform the puja and Sanjay is the priest instructing the couple, on  how to perform the puja.

The priest is a young guy of about 30 -32 years of Age. Very Handsome and graceful. He is of the new generation priests and very tech savvy.

The Priest commences the Satyanarayan puja by chanting mantras and shlokas in sanskrit.

Aalekh's parents are seated in the front row besides the image of Lord Satyanarayana. The entire house is filled with the fragrance of incense sticks and flowers.

The crowd includes mainly the relatives - (uncles, aunts and senior citizens ), friends and cousins of Aalekh.  

All are settled and seated amongst the members of their age groups.  Few of the teenagers, are scattered here and there, within the household and are fiddling their mobiles.

The youngsters and the teenagers were chatting through Whats app and other networking apps.

The aunties of the age group between 35 to 45 were busy discussing about their sarees that they had draped,  the cost of the ornaments which they wore, alongwith the beautician cost which they shell out month on month.

In the other corner, men of the family are discussing about the retirement benefits, positives of Modi Government and few of them spoke in opposition.

While the above continued, the Priest and Aalekh's parents are busy performing the puja.  The parents one could make out, are, fully engrossed in the puja like true devotees.

Now the time arrives, when the Aarti** has to be performed and aarti to be sung.

The priest calls in for the entire family to be present in front of the puja room so that the aarti** could be performed.

The aarti plate, contained wicks which are soaked in pure ghee, camphor, and two bettel leaves . On each pair of leaf, one banana is placed.

Now the Aarti was being offered with a playback song which is usually sung when aarti is offered. 

The lyrics of the aarti is as below:

"OM Jai jagdeesha Hare !

Swami Jai Jagadeesha Hare !

Bhakt jano ke sankat !

Dass jano ke sankat !

Kshan me door kare ! and so on ..

While the aarti was being performed, a BUG BEE came buzzing and stung the priests armpit and in a reflex action, the aarti plate stumbled.

As the aarti plate stumbled, one of the Granny (aged 80) shouted "Hey Priest !! Watch out! Your Banana has dropped out . Please collect the same".

(OOOps !! Slup of The Ting )***

There was pin drop silence at the outset and in a fraction of second, the entire family burst out laughing out their lungs,

and repeated "Yea Priest !! Your Banana has Dropped out".

Thus an evening was worth it for the entire family mixed with devotion and humor.

"Disclaimer"  No PUN intended on any Religion.


** Aarti is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities.

*** Slip of the tounge.