Elephant blessing - Bendición del elefante
The best that can be seen in a Lord Ganesha temple is an elephant blessing the people with his trunk
Ritual, superstition, custom ... the fact is that you always see people pending of the elephants and laughing with the devotees and with the small shocks that they have when they receive the blessing and the elephant touches their head with the trunk
Lo mejor que se puede ver en un templo de Ganesha , es a un elefante dando la bendición a la gente con su trompa
Ritual, superstición, costumbre...el hecho es que siempre vemos como la gente está pendiente de los elefantes y como ríe las gracias y los pequeños sustos que pueden dar a los devotos que piden su bendición y esperan que les toque la cabeza con su trompa
Shoes=good relations - Zapatos= buenas relaciones
Ganesha Temple and Sri Aurobindo Ashram are very close to each other and prove that despite being two different beliefs, are well understood and share service like the shoes deposit, because in both places it is necessary to remove them, leave in a place where somebody take care of them and go barefoot
Here they care the shoes for free, but you can thank them with a few rupees for the service
El templo de Ganesha y el Ashram de Sri Aurobindo están muy cerca el uno del otro y en prueba de que a pesar de ser dos creencias distintas, se entienden bien y comparten el servicio de depósito de zapatos, pues en ambos sitios es necesario quitárselos, dejarlos en un sitio en que te los guarden y entrar descalzo
Aquí te los cuidan gratis, pero puedes dejar unas rupias para agradecer el servicio
Impronta Francesa - French imprint
After several centuries the French left their imprint, not only in the language, the names of the streets, the churches, but also left other legacies, such as "bouillavaisse", the "boulangeries" with its rich bread and "croissants" and the "Kepis"that the police is wearing proudly
Attention! I was forgetting the soufflés
Después de varios siglos los Franceses dejaron su impronta, no sólo en la lengua, los nombres de las calles, las iglesias sino que también dejaron otras herencias, como la "bouillavaisse", las "boulangeries" con su rico pan y "croissants" y los "Kepis"que siguen luciendo orgullosos los policías
¡ Ojo ! Me estaba olvidando de los suflés
Kolam - India's Sidewalk Art
Early each morning women clean and water the pavement in front of their houses. They then decorate the pavement using a form of art called Kolam in Tamil Nadu, globally known as Rangoli. Kolams are a symbol of auspiciousness. The traditional medium of rangoli is rice flour but today (due to cost) limestone powder or sandstone is mainly used. The designs are colored with colored dyes.
The tradition of kolam dates back to 2500 B.C. They were drawn using a course rice flour. This served as a food source for insects and birds. Rice flour is seen as an offering to Lakshmi, who is the Hindu goddess of wealth and rice. She has the power to prevent poverty from entering a home.
The artwork is passed down from generation to generation. A young will learn from her mother or grandmother. Types of kolam designs include: pulli (dots) are arranged in a specific sequence and order and then joined to make a pictorial design, and line kolams where a free hand drawing of lines makes a geometrical pattern.
Kolam designs can have special meanings as well. A Thottil Kolam is created for a newborn's naming ceremony. A Nalvaravu Kolam is used to welcome wedding guests.
You will see lovely kolams as you walk through the French Quarter. But they are also created all over India at temples - and homes - during festival times, special occasions such as weddings, and for pujas.
South Indian Breakfast
Breakfast foods from South India are popular "snacks" that are eaten at other times during the day all over India.
My photo shows a sample breakfast. From top left: uppama/upma, kesari, pongal. From bottom left: red chutney, coconut chutney, masala dosa, and vadai/wada. A sambar is also served.
Uppama/upma is made from pounded rice, semolina, vegetables, and spices (one of my favorites).
Kesari is a sweet dish made with semolina, ghee, coconut milk, and a few other ingredients (very good!).
Pongal is made from rice, dahl, spices, etc.
The chutneys and sambar are used for dipping your dosa or vadai/wada.
Masala dosa is a wafer-like lentil flour pancake stuffed with a potato masala (great any time of day).
Vadai/wada are deep-fried dahl and vegetable cakes shapped like a donut.
Not pictured but also a very popular dish is idli - a spongy, fermented rice cake. Sometimes served with a vadai/wada, chutneys, and sambar.
It is unlikely that you will spend anytime in India and not try at least one of the above! Dosas especially are very popular, come in several varities, and can literally be a yard long.
Be sure to try a little bit of everything. Bon Appetit!