A ceremony for innocence

It’s strange that none of our rituals celebrate innocence. Most celebrate a certain coming of age, be it in terms of years or events like marriage. Perhaps it’s because we don’t value innocence. It’s become a byword for all things naive and immature.

But innocence is a rare gift, one that makes you child-like and full of wonder. Take innocence away and you are left a jaded soul.

In Hinduism, Lord Shiva is also called Bholenath or the innocent one. It’s a heartening reminder that innocence can be powerful and is a divine virtue.


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