We ran into them early this morning at the E Block parking lot - a cow and her calf. They were brought from nearby Padur for grahapravesam, at a Floor 6 flat in Mantri Synergy. The house-owners had to come down to do the honours for the sacred cow and her calf. For cows don't climb stairs or take a lift.
The cow for the ceremony was arranged by 'Pumpkin' Ranganathan, who said there was puja at as many as five flats this morning. Asked how much he charged,Mr Ranganathan's stock reponse was, 'give whatever pleases you'. But then what you choose to give doesn't invariably 'please' him. Pressed for a specific figure Mr Ranganathan came up with Rs.2,000, which he surely knew he wouldn't get. The eventual price you settle for depends on your propensity to bargain.
Mr Ranganathan can be reached at 9092725791