Many north Indian families follow a custom of keeping “Thakur ji” at home. Thakur ji is basically a small idol of baby krishna. The baby krishna is kept on a small swing or jhoola in the day time and on a small bed at night time.
This is basically a means to show devotion or complete surrender to baby krishna. Customs differ from family to family. Some families just keep the Thakur ji and do daily seva i.e. prayer or worship. Others keep Thakur ji with strict rules like no non-veg or onions/garlic usage in the house. Some also follow daily customs of feeding baby krishna milk/curd/ghee.
All these are basically rituals done out of love or devotion to baby krishna. Some families follow the same customs but do the same with a photograph of baby Krishna.
This is definitely an interesting custom and shows how in India, religion has permeated our day to day life.
Sometimes a particular smell, movie or incident reminds one of events gone by. One thought leads to another and one gets lost in nostalgia. Today has been one such day. I just had tea with cinnamon and cloves. Instantly I remembered so many things
- Our evening chai sessions at college. Sitting in the hostel lawn and gossiping away to glory.
- College brought back memories of the oily canteen “bread pakora”, samosa, days of travelling in “roadways” buses.
- “Roadways” buses reminded me of the long bus journey’s to my nana and nani’s place. My cousin used to take me to visit our orange fruit yard in the evenings.
- Oranges brought back memories of Delhi winters. All of us cousins used to sit in the warm winter sun and hog dozens of oranges.
- Cousins brought back memories of scooter rides shared, temple visits, diwali masti and gossip.
- Diwali brought back memories of the loud crackers we used to burst. The entire street would be littered in the morning. Today I am not proud of this but then this is how we have always celebrated Diwali. Loud with loads of sweets and snacks.
I guess you all have got the drift. Memories have the power to uplift you and strengthen you. I am feeling rejuvenated now.
Till next time. Take care.