Bawala बावला. Evil eye ward 'egg doll', Indian amulet. Nimbu Mirchi / Drishti Bommai charm

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Bawala ( बावला ), meaning 'egg doll' in Marathi language, is a familiar face on Maharashtra streets.

It hangs upside-down in front of many market shops or homes to confuse any person carrying wicked thoughts as soon as his / her eyes fall on this stuffed puppet.

Similarly aimed but differently looking evil-eye wards (or good luck charms) are named differently elsewhere around India, such as Drishti Bommai (a 'stare toy'), Nimbu Mirchi (Lemon Chili Pepper)

These Indian talismans are more of folk superstitions then anything anchored in Hindu religion.

Unlike some may think by their appearance these stuffed puppets are not Voodoo dolls.

I captured the amulet shown on this photo at a rural town in Konkan district, Maharashtra state of India.

Here are evil eye wards I captured in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu

My thanks to my friend Umesh More for adding the Marathi name spelling here.


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