Today we had the one year memorial service for Dad's passing. It was very small but the pandit did a good job of it. He is far different from the previous pandit - very respectful. the collage of pictures is courtesy of Sophie.
|Pinda, kund with fire, flowers|
The first picture is the thirteen pindas made with barley flour, ghee, honey, water and black sesame seeds. They were made as an offering for the elders that have passed on. The fire is of course for putting the ghee and samagri (incense for purifying the air) the flowers are for offering to each murti (various representations of the Creator/God/The Almighty). Everything went well except for the copious amounts of thick black smoke that was created by a combination of very oily pine wood and ghee that was burning in the kund. but Robin and I had quite a clean-up after everyone left. There was black soot everywhere - even as far as the bathrooms upstairs. I am going to have to remove and wash all the drapes and blinds.
Now that the work is done, I can get ready for the next set of renovations which is to gut the entire kitchen and re-build it. That should start this week.