Puja Thali Decoration
The grand festival of Diwali is all about lights, decorations, crackers, sweets, gifts and above all, the Lakshmi-Ganesh Puja. The puja remains the foremost activity on this day around which all other festivities and celebrations revolve. And to start the elaborate puja, the act of puja thali decoration is undertaken to add religiosity and intensity to the activities related to the ceremony.
As the puja is considered a ceremony to invoke the blessings of the Goddess of Wealth (Lakshmi) and the God of Wisdom (Ganesha), it is made out to be an elaborate affair. The whole family joins this significant Diwali Puja, sing devotional songs, offer flowers, sweets and light up clay lamps in the front of the idols of both the deities.
All the puja materials are accumulated into a neatly-arranged puja thali, which is painstakingly prepared mostly by the girls or women. To start the puja thali decoration, first of all, a thali made up of any metal and of any shape or size is taken. It’s covered using multi-coloured packing paper sheet or vibrant cloth after putting all the pooja ingredients in it.
Many prefer to draw the blessed symbols- like ‘Om’, ‘Swastika’ and ‘Shree’- on the thali by using a roli paste. Some use betel leaves to cover the thali to add to its overall charm, while many wrap up the puja thali using petals of flowers like marigold, rose etc. On Diwali night, many decorate the thali with diverse rangoli colours and small clay lamps or diyas.
Rice grains, vermilion, flowers, diyas and incense sticks are also used to decorate the thali. More so, many use water paint to make various types of motifs, including to that of swastika and Om. Diwali celebrations even not remain incomplete for those who don’t know either the art of decoration or painting, as they can use stickers to bring the glow and beauty to the thali.
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