Day two of the Navaratri program and all the ghee lamps are ready to go.
In Pune, where the Navaratri program is being performed, the traditions are a little different from the south in Kanchipuram. You can see that the puja altar is quite elaborate.
Saraswati, Durga, and Lakshmi
Since it is springtime, there is a tradition to plant some wheat seeds at the beginning of Navaratri and watch as they sprout and grow as the nine days continue.
Sameer, our priest, starts the puja.
The goddesses, ready for the puja.
The special conch.
Durga receiving a special milk bath.
Ganesha being rinsed with water.
After the puja, the goddesses are dressed beautifully and decorated.
An offering of light.
Durga with a rose.
The different gods and goddess are watching the pujas.
A beautiful Vishnu on a golden leaf.
The altar at the end of the day.
Already two days complete!