Mahalaksmi Ashtakam

Namasthesthu MahamayeSree Peede, Sura PoojitheSanka Chakra Gadha HastheMaha Lakshmi NamosthutheReverential Salutations to You, the Primordial Cause of Creation; Who Abides in Her Transcendental Abode and is Worshipped by the Suras,Who is adorned with a Conch, Discus and Mace in Her Hands; Reverential Salutations to You, O Devi Mahalakshmi. Namasthe GarudarudeKolasura BhayamkariSarva Papa Hare DeviMaha Lakshmi…

Sharada Navratri

Sharada Navratri, the last of the four navaratis that celebrates the change in seasons in India, is associated with the nine forms of Shakti. One the 10th day (Vijayadashami), Goddess Durga is said to have killed demon Mahishasura (hence, she is named Mahishasuramardini) celebrating the victory of good over evil. Another version has lord Rama killing Ravana, angain…

Vishnu-Sahasranāma Stotram

603. om anivartine namaḥ Salutations to him who does not reject those who are inclined to return to the material world. 604. om nivrttātmane namaḥ Salutations to the self of the spiritual practitioners who are attached to the path of Liberation. 605. om saṃkṣeptre namaḥ Salutations to the limiter of the field of light for…

Holy Unity

A few years ago, I had the chance to revisit the Chamunda Devi temple near Mysuru as an adult. It’s a beautiful temple on a high hill with well defined steps to take you to the destination. There, as a tourist you will be conned to buy stuff unassumingly. That’s how I ended up with…

Pleasing Goddess Lakshmi

The first night of Diwali falls on amavasya, or the new moon night. The night begins with a simple pooja to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. We pray that her blessing stay with us all year-long, and she stays to help us achieve what we righteously deserve. This is a lamp I received as a gift from my…

Lights Galore

Finally the Festival of lights is here! Diwali holds a lot of importance across various religious communities in India for a number of reasons. While the festivities run into 4-days for some communities, for us it’s just for a day. The night before Lakshmi Pooja is the nigh before the new moon. That is the day…

Raining Blessings

After marriage, we moved into our new place, and we received a lot of warmth and good wishes as presents from all our loved ones, both friends and family. While some close to us, gave us exactly what we need, others ensured that we have the blessing of God in our humble dwelling too. This…