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Posted by
Devi (Chennai, India) on 23 November 2015 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

This is a Grinding stone that belongs to our kitchen . With the advent of blenders and mixis, many homes have discarded these stones.
This serves as a significant thingummy in our wedding rituals. After the bride becomes the wife, the pair hold hands and go around the sacrificial fire and after taking seven steps, the bride puts her right foot on this stone, assisted by her husband, who holds the toe of her right foot and says, " together we will manage even the toughest moments in life." ...the stone symbolising the tough times!!!

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Beautiful still life.

23 Nov 2015 5:17am

@Jypyä Pop: Thank you Jypya :)))

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Belle tradition. Magnifique pierre, texture superbe. )

23 Nov 2015 7:06am

@tataray: Thank you tataray :)

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Never heard, but so nice to read
What beautiful

23 Nov 2015 7:19am

@Marjolein: Thank you Marjolein :)

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

a most impressive custome*

23 Nov 2015 7:46am

@Dimitrios: Thank you Dimitrios :)

Sam from Chennai, India

A beautiful picture and nice narration. I like your presentation on these marriage customs.
Well done. Thank you, Devi. :)

23 Nov 2015 8:32am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam :) I am grateful..

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle composition

23 Nov 2015 9:40am

@Libouton Martine: Merci beaucoup Martine :)

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

an excellent pair of documentary shots. How sad that the grinding stones are falling into disuse.

23 Nov 2015 11:07am

@grouser: Yes grouser.. with electronic cooking gadgets flooding the markets these are slowly exiting households. I still use this to crush pepper or cardamom, or a paste of green chillies and coriander...and I can say with vehemence that the taste / flavour is awesome !

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very nice

23 Nov 2015 11:26am

@Hiro: Thank you Hiro ;)

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Thank you for your comments and details of traditions

23 Nov 2015 12:20pm

@Patrick M.: Thank you Patrick :)

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

A super cultural image with an enlightening explanation.

23 Nov 2015 12:25pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thank you Michael :)

Oiva from Turku, Finland

Again such a wonderful report, came to me with tears in your eyes, a wonderful these stories, they are so gorgeous and always friendly! :-)))) Haleja.

Happy new week my dear friend Devi!

23 Nov 2015 12:42pm

@Oiva: Thank you Oiva :)I am very happy to read this :)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle pierre et rendu sur le sol et ces offrandes superbe.

23 Nov 2015 3:00pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou mon ami

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Very interesting...

23 Nov 2015 3:04pm

@fateme@@: Thank you fateme :)

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this stone that has a wonderful historic use. To bad they are disappearing from homes.

23 Nov 2015 3:39pm

@Don: The previous generation has these ...many of them--in their homes and use them :))Actually the so called Frozen shoulder ..will never prop up if the old contraptions are used for cooking :))))

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

23 Nov 2015 3:58pm

@Shaahin Bahremand: Thank you Shaahin :)

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice symbol!
Excellent words: "together we will manage even the toughest moments in life"
Lovely culture ...

23 Nov 2015 4:48pm

@omid: Thank you Omid:)))

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful tradition , together for the life ...!

23 Nov 2015 4:54pm

@Mhelene: Thank you Mhelene :)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An interesting tradition for sure. A blender will never replace the stone for this tradition. ;-) Beautiful shot of this well used stone.

23 Nov 2015 5:26pm

@Steve Rice: Ha ha ha !! You are absolutely right !! A blender will never do..and it is very light :)

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Your traditions are so interesting and sweet. I like this view.

23 Nov 2015 5:31pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you Ruthie :)

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Thanks for sharing this Devi. I like the recognition the married life will at times be tough and the pledge that both will preserver with mutual support.

23 Nov 2015 6:37pm

@Robert D. Burr: Yes Dennis..a promise made to be together forever:)

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

beautiful 'witness' of your love, devi! :-))

23 Nov 2015 8:16pm

@curieuzeneuzemosterdpot: Thank you Curieuzen :)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

That is a wonderful tradition! It is a shame that these stones are being discarded for more modern conveniences.

23 Nov 2015 10:27pm

@Elaine Hancock: Yes..but the wedding halls still have them and many homes too :)The present day couples have only blenders!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting traditions.

24 Nov 2015 2:25am

@B. Thomas: Thank you B:)

: Helen : from Melbourne, Australia

I love this shot Devi!
Every time I am away for one night, I miss an amazing photo on your site!
This is so interesting. I love the symbolism of the stone and the sturdy reminder for the married couple!
I am also captivated by the art on the floor and the beautiful flowers. Your house seems a very happy and vibrant household. Thanks Devi.

24 Nov 2015 7:26am

@: Helen :: Thank you very much Helen for the appreciation.. This is not my home but a wedding hall. All the weddings these days are conducted in huge halls to accommodate the guests, But we do have the designs on the floor and flowers too on occasions when we have small functions in our homes:)

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh comme une tombe

24 Nov 2015 2:53pm

@L'Angevine: Merci beaucoup L'Angevine :)

claudiel from belgium, Belgium

What you tell is very interesting

24 Nov 2015 5:51pm

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