About crows and a hilly Tea stall

Dhumavati

*(this image of ALaxmi is from wiki)

About crows and a hilly Tea stall

Lopsided tea stall  More or less awkwardly   Still upright       Tired pans outpouring  Steaming decoctions      Heated and then reheated

Laden seekers   Simply devout or  Seriously troubled    Upward bound   In four wheelers  Or under own steam       Arriving at shrines to finally release weighty grief, wishes or extreme devotion

An odd bomb diving crow     Undertaking sporadic forays        In optimistic foraging at slightly tilted tea stall

Crows – Harbingers of news   Good bad indifferent exhorted In north Indian folklore        Forming an integral woof warp of the cultural fabric of Hindu mythology and in sung folk litanies by nomadic sufi singers in couplets and ghazals that alternately exhort                 chide, implore  crows for news and    during funeral rituals   priests offering libation and food Tidbits as part of various elaborate death ceremonies…

A neighbor at dawn daily created an uproar by choice offerings to murders of crows on his palatial home’s roof that appeared to shake and shimmy raucously     In a last ditch effort he thus  wooed  ALaxmi antitheses of                       Hindu goddess of fortune Laxmi by wooing ALaxmi’s ride, the humble crow             to  avert disasters ! (true story)

*                                                       *                                                                                                                                                                    In the Story of Bhusunda, a chapter of the Hindu Yoga Vasistha, a very old sage in the form of a crow, Bhusunda, recalls a succession of epochs in the earth’s history, as described in Hindu cosmology. He survived several destructions, living on a wish-fulfilling tree on Mount Meru.  Crows are also considered ancestors in Hinduism and during ?r?ddha, the practice of offering food or pinda to  crows is still in vogue.   Crows are mentioned often  in Buddhism, especially Tibetan disciplines.  The Dharmapala (protector of the Dharma) Mahakala(Lord of Death)   is represented by a crow in one of his physical/earthly forms

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***During Kag Tihar (Kag= crow and Tihar is festival) The crows are worshiped by offerings of sweets and dishes on the roof of the houses. The cawing of the crows symbolizes sadness and grief in the Hindu mythology, so the devotees offer the crows food to avert grief and deaths in their homes. Tihar in Nepal and Diwali in India represent the divine attachment between Human and other animals and birds in our nature.  We worship crow before having our meal.  We feed the crow during this day as symbolic gesture to god. To strengthen the worship of nature, all these rituals are introduced in Hinduism.

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