Sunday night ritual

When Hari was born, my sister-in-law suggested that we follow the practice of dhrishti suthu podaradhu. We started on a whim and have stuck to it for the past nine years. Every Sunday night, just before bedtime, Da lights the camphor, swirls it around the three of us as we recite the slokam with the altar behind us – Kaarar mennikku kannu ondrum varamal, serar thirumenikku thiruvanthi kappu.

I don’t think we believe in the idea of someone casting an evil eye, but the practice has served other purposes. It gives us closure to the weekend and gets us mentally ready for the work week. It reminds us that we do not and cannot control everything. It strengthens our faith that there is a higher power watching over us. It reminds us to be thankful and to not take the two precious little persons in our lives for granted.

Hopefully, one day when the kids reminisce about this childhood routine, it will warm their hearts as they recall how they would giggle, and compete to complete the slokam.


3 thoughts on “Sunday night ritual

  1. Devi says:

    Came in hereafter a long time, you post made me happy. Such rituals do make awesome memories and I actually feel that is one of the reasons our (wise) forefathers created them!

    • Maha says:


      Very nice to see this comment and the others after a long time!

      Love, Suman

      On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:15 AM, Thoughts Unlimited wrote:


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