Last month I was visiting Lemon Lane's blog and I spotted something that caught my eye. Do you see the festive colorful rags made into a garland pictured in this photo?
|This photo is property of Lemon Lane|
In India quite often in the temples you will see rag garlands but they aren't for decoration. They are for wishes. When you visit the temple you make your wish and tie a piece of fabric on the garland. When your wish comes true you are to return to the temple and say thanks, then remove your piece of cloth to make a space for someone else's wish.
These rag garlands were tied and hung in Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur (yes, home to the real jodhpurs - these fancy pants came from India)! Jaswant Thada is a beautiful mausoleum made of white marble and the grounds feature a lovely garden with gazebos and a great view of the Jodhpur area.
|Isn't this window breathtaking?|
|And such a beautiful door|
I'm sorry to say that while I had a small piece of cloth with me and wanted so badly to make my wish, I was concerned that I wouldn't make it back to say thanks and somehow it seemed wrong to take space for someone else's wish. So for now my wishes are swirling around in my mind. Guess I'll have to wait for Thanksgiving and go for the wishbone. Do you still make wishes? Shhhh...remember, make your wish, but don't tell anyone. We want our wishes to come true!