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Durable Link to this BlogMonday, June 3, 2002

Tradition of Chudi Offerings

Tradition of Chudi Offerings

Love for plants and flowers finds expression in everyday life of Indians. Offering flowers to deities and wearing of flowers are age-old customs. But the unique custom of offering Chudi among the Konkani community deserves special notice.

In the month of Shrävana (July-August) in the midst of monsoon, the land is evergreen with innumerable plants and flowers, some of them having medicinal qualities. Among the Konkanis, boys and girls are instructed by elders to identify such herbs, roots and plants and bring them from nearby fields or hills. These are then tied in small bunches and offered to the family Goddess (kuladevata) in worship. The bouquets are then distributed to mothers and elderly married ladies by the younger women and blessing is sought.

Perhaps a mode of worship of Mother Earth has come down to our times. Mother Earth is remembered with gratitude for her bounteous nature. Every mother in the family is considered a replica of Mother Earth, and the respect is duly conveyed in the form of a Chudi.

Related Links:
• Konkani Heritage Album
• Say it with Flowers - Pictorial Exhibition
• Temple of Plant

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