As an Indian who enjoys all the traditions and culture which Indian festivities bring along , I must say there are a few essential things which every Indian household needs to perform all the rituals. Growing up , I remember how my mom would decorate the pooja thali ( tray) with fresh flowers, haldi (turmeric ), rice grains and kumkum ( vermillion). Now being the lady of the house, I make sure we have one ready for all the rituals to be performed during navratis, karwachauth and Diwali.
Many people like to use silver/gold thali ( tray). These definitely add a different charm and royality to all the celebrations. However, I like to add a personal touch to all the festivities and try to make a new thali ( tray ) every few years.
Significance of a puja thali : Using a puja thali is one of the pathways to worship the divine in Hindu mythology. It is believed that the arrangement of all the components in a puja thali has spiritual significance. Powders like haldi and kumkum, rice grains, beetel leaves,grass, saffron threads, flowers, fragrant oils and agarbattis are all placed in a manner which balances the cosmic elements that are active in universe.
Here I’m sharing the thali I created for Diwali and KC puja from last year.
When I spotted these round trays in two different colors ( magenta and aqua blue ) at Hobby Lobby, I exactly knew the plan !! I forgot to take before pictures of the blue tray which I actually decorated, but you can get the idea here.
One round tray or pooja thaali ( can be any round/ rectangle shape tray) which you want to decorate
Different sized sequins- from any craft store
Any broad , printed duct tape
Washi Tape to decorate the tea lights
Total time: 45 minutes
Make the pattern on the inside of thali ( tray)with sequins.
Using the broad tape, cut and paste on the outer edges of the thali/tray.
There is no single way of decorating this thali / tray.
So go ahead , use your own creativity and come up with your own design.
If you are inspired by this , do share your creation on my Facebook page.
Rise and Shine !!