When I bumped into this Hindu priest on the street in South India blessing a new car, I wasn’t very surprised because I had already had that pleasure. See my old post, ” A Hindu Priest Blesses a Motorcycle.” Nonetheless, it isn’t a common sight. I grabbed my camera and started shooting. This priest took absolutely no notice of me whatsoever. I think that he may even have enjoyed it.
He strung flower garlands over the car, hung limes with chiles off its fender, chanted prayers while circling it with sticks of incense and sacred fire, all the while ringing a brass bell and he even cracked a coconut over the new car.
The entire ceremony took less than ten minutes. The priest’s services are clearly more popular than I had imagined because even before he completed blessing this new car, another young man on a new motorcycle appeared, waiting for his turn.