Enfield Puja Mojo

by Phil

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Before we started riding the Enfield for real, we took some local advice and brought it around to the nearest Hindu temple for a puja. This is very common here; people bring bicycles and motorcycles to the temple all the time for a ritual blessing. Given the traffic and driving conditions here, we’ll take any advantage we can get.

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The temple holy man had us park the machine in the proper spot, and purchase some flowers, floral garlands, coconuts and limes from a nearby vendor. He lit a spoonful of something on fire and wafted the smoke about the bike; we warmed our hands over the flame and then placed our hands over our hearts. Then, chanting all the while, he strung the garlands onto the front of the bike, and made various marks on the bike’s frame with kumkum. He placed the limes underneath the front wheel and instructed me to run them over, while he continued chanting.

Finally, he blessed us, placed a lotus blossom over the speedometer, and sent us on our way, with his business card and a request that we e-mail him the photos we had been taking throughout.

True: On the way home, we ran out of gas…

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Tags: Bangalore, Enfield, Hindu, India, lotus, motorcycle, Panduranga, puja, temple

4 Responses to “Enfield Puja Mojo”

  1. St says:

    Nice shot, I remember the last time I took a friend’s bike to a temple – he needed to go through the same process, although I was a little worried thinking about the priest crashing a coconut against the shiny new bike! Good luck with your stay, and let me know if there’s anything I can help with, have friends and family there..

  2. lauralee says:

    You ran out of gas? Back to the Blessing Man, my friends!

  3. Kai says:

    Beautiful story. I will need to get my ride blessed when the time comes. Did you get a refund from the holy man?

  4. Pavan Jacob says:

    Out of gas !!! Dont tell me u had to push her to the nearest gas station !! Ive been there done that on many occasions ! back breakin job innit !