I was woken up at 5 in the morning by the sound of blaring trumpets and beating drums. I shot out of bed only to remember that the temple across the road, from the building where I live, has just been completed. I proceeded to try to sleep with a pillow over my head to block out the noise. And then it struck me that today was Thursday, the day the Sai Baba temple next door starts their Bhajans at 6 in the morning. There went any chance of going back to sleep.
I love a visit to a temple, the architecture, the rituals and traditions, the chanting– I even know a few slokas and I do pray. But, I draw the line at being woken at the crack of dawn and being subjected to Bhajans being blared over the loudspeaker the WHOLE day. Now to add to it, there are two loudspeakers, from two different temples playing different Bhajans at the same time– it does not make for pleasant listening.
With two temples on my street, I know I can expect a lot of road blocks and crowds with both playing host to various special Pujas and festive celebrations. Not to mention more mornings of being woken up at the crack of dawn. It is going to be a bloody nuisance, but of course one cannot make a big deal, what with hurting religious sentiments and all. Honestly, this isn’t even about religion, it is about being a disturbance to the entire neighbourhood. This is on par with a nightclub playing loud music opening up in a residential neighbourhood, that would have everybody up in arms, but a temple playing LOUD bhajans is something we should all be blessed to have in our lives.I almost wish the power would go off, as hot as it is here, because then at least the loudspeakers wouldn’t work giving some respite. Oh wait, now I hear construction work being done, which just adds a special something to the racket. Excuse me now, while I put on headphones to drown out the cacophony.