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Margazhi in summer!

The memory of Margazhi (tamil month) is etched with misty cold mornings, planning elaborate Kolams and making sure it is completed before bhajan groups with mamas from our neighbourhood reach our streets, Thirupavai parayanam, the wonderful aroma of Ghee in Venpongal from mums cooking, daily temple visits with grandmother and most importantly the music season.

We continue with our traditions wherever we are. But when certain things like the climate are a direct opposite, then it is quite challenging to relate to some of our actual traditions and one wonders if tweaks are allowed.

The weather during margazhi is winter but here in Western Australia we have the scorching sun and the heat waves. So one is bound to think of the cool Neer More and Panagam, probably not some hot Ven Pongal. Coming from a tradition and culture that has the perfect way of living figured out with everyday kriyas to nurture healthy body, mind and soul; the kind of physical activities we do, the food we take as prasad for festivals reflecting a balanced diet according to every season; and the scriptures to reflect on what is ‘Real’ and what is ‘Truth’, it feels that it is alright to accomodate certain changes.

With the Sabhas going online with their concerts and live streaming, it has become more convenient to be part of the music season virtually though it is not the same as Kutchery-hopping with friends and indulging in good music and good food from the sabha canteens.

Radhika Balaji, a Business Analyst who has been here for 12 years shared her fond memories about Margazhi and her routine for this month with everyday Thiruppavai recitations, listening to music concerts online, participating in Perumal and Godha kalyanams, observing Vaikuntha Ekadashi fast and being part of the Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Parayanam 1 lac times at the Perth Hindu Temple (https://hindu.org.au/).

Mala Giridhar, a home maker of 20 years believes in sharing the stories of Azhwars and getting her very talented children. She inspires them to animate and create short videos, passing on the valuable knowledge to the next generation who are growing up away from home. Her YouTube channel - RAMG DAYA

(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYh1z0KEE3WfNtZ2fIqYVrw/playlists)showcases various playlists with her reflections on Godha Gita, Maha Bhakta Vijayam, experiencing Azhwars and so on.

We may have many different ways of holding on and connecting the next generation to our culture and traditions but at core we are finding ways to relive our memories of our childhood days.

Lokame Tharavadu...