|with the Landlady|
If any of you has the opportunity to live or stay for some time with Indian family under the same roof, you will certainly find this experience extremely encouraging and interesting. It is not only a great opportunity to get to know people, the culture of India but also this is a great way to get to know real India along with its outstanding hospitality. During such a stay you have the chance to learn about the customs and traditions in India, refute stereotypes and spend time in a very interesting and extraordinary way.
|with the Landlady and sister in law|
Sharma family home is a 8-room property in the charming village of Jughar near Dharamshala with a large garden amid lush nature with views of the Himalayas that can be seen during local trekking or from the first floor of their house. At the entrance to the house slightly up the hill we pass the small temple of the god Shani Dev - the deity of justice, to whom the temple is dedicated. This temple was constructed by the head of the family Mr. Prakash for not only religious purposes, but also as he said "for good karma". Every morning, before sunrise and sunset, the family or sometimes with other people gather in the temple to pray and worship the gods. It is a very important ritual accompanied by mantras, incense sticks, bells and drums music. You can see how important in India is to respect the traditions that are rooted in their consciousness. Each prayer or ritual is performed with commitment and concentration and is aimed at getting rid of bad energy, and recalling the good energy, spiritual cleansing without which it is impossible to start a new day. In order to worship the gods, the family wake up before the sunrise, then, after the shower or washing themselves, they go to the temple to meet the deity. Saturday is especially important, because on this day that the locals come to the temple to worship the deity, bringing gifts such as rice, lentils, and incense; sometimes they also leave money.
|Herd of goats on patta|
|Making puri bread in the village|
|preparing chapati for the guests|
|Indian Birthday party in the village|