Well I am a believer, light the lamp in front of our pooja area every evening , light incense ,fold my hands close my eyes and have a a talk with God as if I were talking to a family member or a friend as in ( " thanks for a peaceful day today , know what ........ , would be real nice if you could keep my family healthy and happy, even if you give me problems make sure you also give me the strength to get through them, some loss of weight would be welcome ....etc.etc. ) share something happy, complain about some misery etc. no shlokas etc . On festival days maybe a kolam, some lights, some kesari , The Vishu Kani , an attempted Onam sadya is done of course but on a teeny tiny scale.Generally believe in the whole Hindu pantheon but my dearest friend and confidant and at the receiving end of my complaints is Lord Guruvayurappan who we have been visitng as a family for God knows how long . He has been in our houses for as long as I remember and going to Guruvayur being next door to native place everyone of the family pops in and out every once in a while .
This conversation with the Almighty continues in short bursts here and there to thank for something or to request deliverance from a tight spot and then again to thank for the deliverance or complain about not coming to my rescue !! :) . But the belief in Guruvayurappan does give the strength that there is a person ( although blue in colour :) ) up there to hold you who will not let you fall however bad things may be they won't continue for long and HE will definitely turn things around for you before long(of course with you yourself doing all the groundwork) , in short if I havent done any wrong my buddy wont let me suffer for long and things will look up .Thats what the belief does ,perhaps that is what it is meant to do .
So , it may seem odd to many but when i reach in front of the idol at Guruvayur , my reaction is usually a a smile and hello !! its me :) !! need ur blessings for everything man !!! Usually make offerings in cash accumulated for the purpose of putting in the hundi there .
That sums up the extent of my religious beliefs. Hope not to have bored the readers to tears . :)