Pooja for peace in the valley


A day of prayer and worship, a procession of holy books marched through the Bhuriakop valley with burnt offerings, bows of respect and blessings. For peace and harmony in the valley.

We hiked with the books to the market, then a kilometer up hill to the area gompa for pooja.

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Delhi Street Jams, Vol. 2

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Two weeks ago I came home from a bike ride to watch crews set up what could have been mistaken for an Indian carnival tent on a sidestreet near my apartment: four walls of purple and orange curtains, without a roof and lit by generator-powered flood lights.

At first, I assumed it was a wedding and got excited to gate crash. Then, after speaking to our block’s chowkidar (watchman), I learned it was a pooja (prayer service), though for what I couldn’t quite understand. Decorum won out, and I respectfully decided not to interlope.

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