Every morning I do the puja to my household arca-vigraha, Lakshmi-Narasimha. I like to offer a variety of seasonal fresh flowers and sometimes ripe fruit from my garden. In this month of July in England it is described as summer, although it is cool and raining quite a bit. But there is still a great variety of flowers available. And my raspberries have been ripe for two or three weeks and the blueberries are just about ready. Here are some photographs of this morning’s altar:
Here are my main Lordships, Lakshmi-Narasimha. The half-man, half-lion form is the fourth avatar of Vishnu, and He is always accompanied by His eternal consort who is also known as Anapayini, or ‘She who is never separated.’ Behind Them, small cream coloured Elder flowers, good for a lace-like backdrop and a delicate fragrance. Then by Their feet either side are purple Buddleia. In front is some English honeysuckle. The offering in the dish consists of raspberries picked fresh from my garden, dried figs from Croatia, and a home-made sweet.
Second is my travelling Lakshmi-Narasimha. They are small vigraha, and a very kind gift from my friend Amaraprabhu Dasan, who was given them in Udupi in south India by one Madhva sampradaya sannyasi.
Finally my 11 shaligrams with Sudarshan visible in the foreground.
Not a bad situation for a house in England, I think.