Thali Decoration: An Integral part of Karva Chauth Puja
The Festival of Karva Chauth is said to be very auspicious as it brings good fortune and long life for one’s life partner if a married woman observes fast with full faith for her husband. The rituals and customs may vary amongst regions but the essence remains same. The festival of Karva Chauth is celebrated with great religious fervor and with strict adherence to guidelines of the Karva Chauth Puja. The festival is dedicated to Mata Durga- The Goddess of Shakti and comprises of several rituals and customs. Thus every kind of arrangements for the Puja material is done prior to the main puja. One of an integral part of the puja is the decoration of thali. Thali is decorated so that every material is arranged according to the quantity required and order . Thali decoration forms an important component of the Karva Chauth puja. These thalis are decorated very skillfully, giving it an exclusive look by the married women who observes fast and performs the Puja.
Karva Chauth Pooja Thali or Baya
The Karva Chauth Pooja Thali, also known as Baya, consists of the roli, vermilion, sacred water, dry fruits like almonds, pista etc., earthen clay pots, diyas and different types of Indian sweets. The thali can be of any material silver, brass or steel thali depending on one’s choice. In the thali pooja materials are kept separately in small bowls or ‘Katoris’. After the puja gets over, the thali is presented to the family’s eldest member and he or she blesses the woman.
Pooja Thali Decoration Ideas
There is no specific rules and regulations regarding the decoration of the thali. It can be decorated in accordance with the creative skills and art known to the decorator. One can also paint any decoration on the thalis. Some women prefer to draw ritualistic decorations like alpana and rangoli while some opt for floral decoration with leaves, colors, flowers and multicolored pulses.
Karva Chauth Thali Decoration Ideas
Though one can decorate thali according to one’s own art and choice, following is a simple way to decorate your thali immediately before the puja: Dip an ear bud in oil and draw pictures on the thali. It can be any picture of your choice, like flowers or alpana etc. Then spread some powdered sindoor or haldi or any color on it, now shale the thali well so that the colors get spread on it properly. Now remove the extra color powder from the thali by turning it upside down. Your design with oil will emboss on the thali. After the pooja, you can wipe off the designs and keep the thali for next year.
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