Today marks the month long fast for all Telegu and Tamil speaking Hindus. It is a very auspicious and religious time for all who observe this fast.
I have always done this fast even as a little child.In this month we don’t do the following :
- Eat meat in any form eggs and fish included.
- No alcohol.
- We don’t go out unless its to family homes or to the temple.
- We don’t eat food from people who are not fasting.
- We try not to eat any meals from takeaways or eateries.
In preparation for the fast our homes are spring cleaned, fridges and freezes cleaned out. The main prayer day is on Saturday when families offer fruit, food(veg only) and sweetmeats to Perumalsami the God that is worshipped during this month.
A prayer is done at 3pm every Saturday, extended families are often invited to pray together and share the evening meal together. In our family we have extended family members who observe and perform a Raam Bhajan which is a prayer that starts at 6pm on the Saturday and finishes at midnight. Worship is in the form of songs of praise and offerings including fruits and Indian sweets to Lord Perumalsami.
This prayer has a very powerful significance and the entire family gets involved. It is very moving to spend the evening in prayer with your loved ones. This weekend my uncle is hosting this prayer and everyone is looking forward to it.
To me personally the month of Purtassi means a time to reconnect to my maker, ask for forgiveness and fast as a form of sacrifice. I love this month of Purtassi
To all my friends, family and followers who are observing Purtassi, I wish you a blessed fast and may Perumalsami bless you richly. Govinda! Govinda! Govinda!