Goddess Shailaputri – Navratri

The festival of Navratri is dedicated to the nine forms of Goddess Durga known as the Navadurga. Devi Durga is the form of Shakti or the Infinite Power. It is believed that she manifested herself into nine divine forms collectively known as Navadurga or nine Durgas. The first day of the festival is dedicated to Goddess

Navratri – Celebration of Good over Evil

सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके । शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥ Most auspicious of all auspicious, Parvati, Who fulfills all desires| Refuge of everything, Three-eyed, Devi(Parvati), Lakshmi, We salute you || This sloka from the scripture Devi Mahatmyam describes the powers of Great Mother Durga. Shri Devi Durga is mother of all powers and represents the

Ram Navami 2017

Ram Navami

Ram Navami  is celebrated to proclaim the birth of Lord Shri Ram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The 9th day (Navami) in the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra and is referred to as Ram Navami. It is marked by the devotees performing puja such as bhajan and kirtan, fasting and reading passages about Rama’s life. Rath

Krishna, Dhritarashtra and Karma

The Great Kurukshetra war of Mahabharatha had ended and millions of soldiers had lost their lives. The wailing sound of the kith and kin of soldiers had reached the sky. King Dritarashtra and Gandhari were also among the unfortunates and had lost all their 100 sons. After hearing about the death of their beloved son

Lord Ganesha’s family

How many of us know about Lord Ganesha’s family? Lord Ganesha is more popularly known as a celibate however the scriptures that are dedicated to Lord Ganesha (the Ganesha Purana and the Mudgala Purana) provide information about his wives Siddhi and Buddhi (also called Riddhi). “Siddhi” means spiritual power and “Buddhi” means intellect. Since Lord

Shankha – The Sacred Conch

The Shankha is a conch shell of ritual and religious importance in Hinduism. It is the shell of a large predatory sea snail, Turbinella pyrum found in the Indian Ocean. In Hindu mythology, the Shankha is a sacred emblem of the preserver Lord Vishnu. It is used as a trumpet in Hindu rituals, and in

Dussehra – victory of Good over Evil

Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra is one of the most important & fascinating festivals of India, which is celebrated on the tenth day of the lunar month of Ashwin. The word Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit words “Dasha” & “hara” meaning removing the ten (10). In Sanskrit, ‘Vijaya’ means Victory and ‘Dashami’ means 10th day. Thus ‘Vijaya

Kanya Puja – Navratri

Kanya Puja or Kumari Puja is a significant ritual during Navratri and Durga Puja.  It is held during the most important days of Navratri i.e. Ashtami and Navmi. This ritual involves worshiping girls aged between 6 and 12, symbolizing the Kanya Kumari. Kanya Puja is an integral part of Devi Durga Puja and perhaps this

Ten days Navratri in 2016

Did you know this year Navratri is a 10 day festival? Yes, that is correct . The festival started on October 1st and the last day of Navami will be celebrated on October 10th. The last time this happened was 16 years ago in the year 2000. Usually, Navratri is celebrated for 9 days and nights