Driving down the main drag of Olympia, Ganesh stares out at passing drivers and pedestrians. His bright visage adorns a curry house. He’s been there for months. My family almost always cries out ‘Jai Ganesh!’ as we pass by. Seeing him so publicly makes me smile. My three year old daughter always wants to know why he looks angry. I’m guessing the artist didn’t mean to make him look that way; Ganesh is rarely angry! My daughter insists I know the answer, so I have to make something up.
Today, on the way to my son’s kindergarten classes, we saw a new addition to the curry house wall: Kali! My son and I both shouted out loud with glee! We decided that after class we would go by for a closer look. We did so, but we also took offerings. I doubt these murals were intended as sites of reverence, but as there is no Hindu community nearby and I have a devotion to these two, I thought….. why not? Why not use them as sites of reverence?
In broad daylight we went to the parking lot with the murals. I took some pictures, laid the offerings, said some mantras, and bowed. My son wanted know what would happen if someone took the cookie or the flowers. My hope is someone does! Traditionally, after puja offerings are handed put as blessed. I hope someone enjoys the cookie!
I really hope more murals are forthcoming!