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bjaypee
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Let us seek the blessings of Elders, ‘Doddavakka Harichili’

One of the wonderful and deeply meaningful customs of Badagas, is the seeking of the blessings of elders. That is, whenever any person meets/visits an elder, he or she seeks the blessings of the elderly person [elderly does not mean aged/old but only elder by age] by bowing the head and requesting “Harachu (bless me)”. If any headgear like cap / turban is worn, the same is removed.

The elderly person puts both his/her palms on the head of the person seeking blessing, and blesses as ‘ Ondhu Nooru, Saavira Agili [let one become a hundred and then a thousand]; Somi, harachavu,sogavu kodili [may God give good health and happiness]; Hoppa eday, bappa eday ella ollithay barali [let only good things happen while going out and coming back]......'

This tradition not only ensures respect to elders but also shows the close bond. Incidentally, open palms -where the nerves end, is supposed to transmit positive vibrations. Thus, the open palms placed on the head, is the ultimate way of blessing.

If you are new to this custom, it may make us a bit uneasy [ashamed is a very strong word] but when you get used to it, this is pure bliss.

Let us start seeking the blessings from the most neglected elders - our parents.

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