In The Name Of The Father

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I woke up early today and wandered into the garden taking photographs.

Photo of Isha foundation, Coimbatore Road, Kalmandapam, Palakkad, Kerala, India by Anuj Tikku

I was fascinated by a bunch of colourful peacocks wandering around the area.

Photo of In The Name Of The Father by Anuj Tikku

These exotic birds would fly up to a machaan and sit on top of it as they walked their necks jutted in and out dancing in the morning sun. Nearby, some ducks were hovering near the gaushala.

Photo of In The Name Of The Father by Anuj Tikku

A huge pond filled with lotus flowers lay in front of me as the morning birds sang their customary song.

Photo of In The Name Of The Father by Anuj Tikku

I went to the Isha Foundation welcome centre and made a donation of Rs. 40,000.

Photo of In The Name Of The Father by Anuj Tikku

As I was doing so, I told them about the brutal murder of my father and the death of my mother through cancer.

Photo of In The Name Of The Father by Anuj Tikku

I was pleased that they suggested that they will do a puja at the Linga Bhairavi.

Photo of In The Name Of The Father by Anuj Tikku

They will perform the ritual and Shanti path for the dead and also appease the Gods to get their blessings. I went ahead to the Linga Bhairavi to give them the details of my father.

Photo of In The Name Of The Father by Anuj Tikku

I was asked to send my father’s photo through e-mail which I will duly do so that they can perform the prayers for seven years in a row.

Photo of In The Name Of The Father by Anuj Tikku

This is one of the several places around the world where I have prayed for the soul of my father and asked for his forgiveness.

Photo of In The Name Of The Father by Anuj Tikku

I hope this is one more step away from my redemption and if there is a God somewhere, He will answer my prayers and will give peace to my father’s soul.

Photo of In The Name Of The Father by Anuj Tikku
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